Hackney Winter Night Shelter (HWNS) has spent a quarter of a decade trying to provide a route out of homelessness for those in need in Hackney. It’s not just a place to sleep – it also aims to get guests off the streets permanently.
Alongside food and somewhere to sleep, the charity’s advocate workers try to find their 15 to 25 guests somewhere permanent to stay by working with local agencies and providing travel cards so they can attend appointments. HWNS does not receive government funding so relies entirely on donations and fundraising, such as the Hackney Half and the Belter for the Shelter.
Our Office Manager and Production Assistant for Sweetshop London, Izzy Dowden, decided to give something back and volunteered for the Shelter over the cold British winter.
“Shelter is a great charity, which is much needed in London. I see homeless people every single day in the city, and I wanted to do something to give back. It was a couple of nights a month and it was really nice to help. Unfortunately the shelter can’t run all year round because its a charity and runs entirely on donations and volunteers, said Izzy.
Donate to HWNS here