How the shelter works

The Robes Project night shelter accommodates 15-20 people each night of the week between November and April each year. All guests have been referred to the project (please see ‘how to be referred to the night shelter’ for more information about the referral process). The night shelter can accommodate men and women over the age of 18 years old.

These short videos explains how our night shelter operates


Some of the key points included in the Guest Agreement

There is a Robes Project Guest Agreement. It is a requirement to sign this before joining the shelter. The aim of this agreement is to ensure that everyone understands how the shelter works and what can be expected of the project and what is expected of the guests staying at the night shelter. We are committed to creating a friendly, safe and welcoming atmosphere at the night shelter and work closely with the guests and volunteers to maintain this.

What the Robes Project expects of the guests:

  • To arrive at the night shelter on time (at 7pm)
  • To stay at the night shelter each night of the week (to stay consistently)
  • Once inside the night shelter, not to come and go
  • No drugs, alcohol or offensive weapons
  • No anti-social behaviour
  • To engage with support (the Robes Project Advice Worker and other agencies)

What the guests can expect of the Robes Project:

  • Night shelter accommodation each night of the week for the duration of their stay (up to 28 days)
  • Dinner and breakfast at the night shelter
  • Beds, bedding and towels
  • A safe, clean and welcoming environment
  • Maps of the shelter venues
  • Support from the Robes Project Advice Worker

The Guest Agreement is explained in greater detail when an application is made to the Robes Project.

When a guest joins the Robes Project we are able to offer a 28 day stay. We can consider an extension if required. If a guest does not keep to the Guest Agreement we may have to end their stay.

The accommodation at the Robes Project is in church halls/community halls. Everyone applying to the Robes Project should feel comfortable with the idea of shared accommodation and communal living.