Record Numbers Find Shelter and Support

With Glassdoor to move beyond homelessness

Glassdoor have had another record-breaking year. Their shelters closed in April, but their daytime services continue to support people off the street all year round.

The expansion into Wandsworth — with seven churches joining the two established church shelter circuits in the boroughs of Hammersmith & Fulham and Chelsea & Kensington — meant fewer individuals slept on night buses, under awnings and in parks. Local churches providing winter shelters venues in 2016/2017 included:
Barnes Methodist Church
St Barnabas Church, Southfields
St Luke's Battersea
St Mark's Battersea Rise
St Mary's Putney Bridge
St Michael & All Angels Southfields
St Peter's Battersea

Glass Door (formerly WLCHC) is London’s largest network of emergency winter night shelters. The charity’s shelters provide a safe, warm place to sleep for 85 to 100 men and women a night in churches across the boroughs of Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea and Wandsworth.

Guests experiencing homelessness can also access advice, food, showers and laundry facilities from drop-in day centres. Glass Door not only saves lives by providing refuge from the cold, they also help their guests build more stable futures.

Every night during the coldest five months of the year, 87 individuals on average were able to find shelter in our network of church halls. Thanks to a growing base of supporters and partner churches, Glassdoor were able to help a total of 420 individuals off the street for an average of 32 nights each.

That’s up from 253 men and women staying in our shelters last year — a 62% rise.

Individuals who were particularly vulnerable — a woman in her sixties coming out of hospital, for example — were able to get in right away, thanks to the additional space. “The three-shelter model gave us much more flexibility this winter, enabling us to turn on a sixpence when vulnerable people came to our doors,” says Glass Door chief Steven Platts.

May 10, 2018