Winter Watch provides homeless people with food, clothing, showers and advice on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings between January and March. Each evening is staffed by volunteers. The café is based at our Urban Restore Centre.
“Coming here keeps me out of trouble. It’s decent food. Normally I would be drinking on the streets. It’s good to know there is somewhere to go.”
About Winter Watch
We provide a three course meal for 60-90 people each weekend evening from January to March. Over 400 individuals access the service each winter. Many of our guests have mental health needs, drink and drug related problems. A hairdresser and chiropodist comes regularly and we also hold quiz and music evenings.
Schools, churches and organisations provide most of the food we need to run Winter Watch through harvests and other events, and regular food collections. We have a storage facility to help us sort and store all the food donations.
150 volunteers are recruited and trained each year to run the café and our team of volunteer cooks help prepare the delicious meals.
In May and June we run School Open Days. These allow Year 5/6 children to learn more about homelessness and see what happens to their food donations.
Please click here for a list of food that you can donate to help us run Winter Watch. For details about dropping off your donation, please call the office on 01204 385848.