Project information

Winter Night Shelter 2018

FirmFoundation‘s Winter Night Shelter aims to meet the needs of the single homeless in Harrow. Therefore FirmFoundation will provide a warm, friendly atmosphere and a safe dormitory style overnight accommodation during the coldest 3 months of the year for up to 10 male and 5 female guests.

January 2018 - March 2018

Charity information: Firmfoundation

  • Need


    The official figures provided on CHAIN for Harrow from 1st April 2015 to 31st March 2016 indicate 67 rough sleepers in the Borough of Harrow. Rough sleeping has been rising over the previous six years, in 2009/10 the CHAIN figure was just 6.
    FirmFoundation are also aware that some rough sleepers do not make it on to the statistics, therefore the number is probably higher.


    FirmFoundation's Winter Night Shelter supports people regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnicity, religion, their eligibility to statutory assistance, marital status, disability or sexual orientation.

    While clients stay with us, we assess each person‘s housing needs, helping them where possible to access both emergency (short-term) and long-term accommodation.
    We help homeless individuals to move on to more secure accommodation, acquiring a more independent and stable lifestyle.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Gaining the ability to sustain a tenancy


    » As a charity, we support each client through the tenancy process, as well as working closely with the housing associations and landlords.

    What success will look like

    Working very closely with Harrow Churches’ Housing Association who provide tenancies for our homeless guests, they assist us in achieving the targeted outcome using survey records

    Aim 2

    Helping with addiction recovery


    » Through local service connections e.g WDP, we are able to connect clients with the right assistance in order to help overcome their addictions

    What success will look like

    Guests are offered extended support from FirmFoundation and work with the Drug and Alcohol service, who monitor our guests frequently to ensure they stay on track

  • Impact


    Comprehensive records are kept for the Winter Night Shelter provided by Housing Justice.
    The shelter will bring a feeling of safer streets to the general public.
    This will also ease pressure from emergency service call outs and emergency housing on the coldest nights.
    Longer term this will bring the guests more emotional resilience and confidence, allowing them to go back into jobs and off of benefits, which will mean more money for the Borough.


    FirmFoundation are grant maintained, receive individual donations and a number of churches also support the work.
    Our aim is to increase the number of individuals who donate on a regularly basis. We apply for grants at different foundations throughout the year.
    Should the full budget not be reached, FirmFoundation would reduce the number of hours for the part-time support worker and limit the ‘Client Support’ fund.


    We use a full Night Shelter report, with breakdowns on how the funding was used as well as the impact it had made on the shelter and local community

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £62,152

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      Amount Heading Description
      £4,340 Night Shelter Venues Cost of rent and maintenance for the three months
      £39,703 Staffing Hiring 5 extra staff members for the Shelter with DBS checks
      £700 Volunteer Costs Volunteer training room hire, handbooks and Shelter reportsooks
      £17,409 Capital Costs Food, Laundry, Support Fund for each person and bedding as well as shower products
  • Background


    This project is based in Harrow Town Centre. We operate from two different churches. The guests all dine together, but the men and women sleep in different locations a few minutes walk from each other.


    Single homeless men and women from 18+ will benefit greatly from the Shelter, as they have a bed space for three months, as well as ongoing support with the end result being a more permanent accommodation.
    Volunteers also benefit from this, as it offers the opportunity to build new skills which they can take into future volunteering and employment, therefore offering a steadier platform to our younger generation.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    FirmFoundation are the only homeless charity in Harrow, therefore only ones in a position to be able to run a Night Shelter as we have strong connections with the local services and Harrow Council which enables us to run it successfully with positive outcomes.
    The Night Shelter 2017 managed to house 23 guests through our housing connections

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Julian Saunders

    Julian is the Charity Manager

    Laura Lindores

    Laura is the support worker and deals with the housing associations and tenancy processes

    Fernando De Paula

    Fernando is the Night Shelter Manager