This year’s Winter Care Shelter dates for 9 October 2017 – 22 April 2018 are now online.

The Care Shelter provides a free night shelter and sleeping facilities to people who are homeless.

Started in Edinburgh in 1996 with a 2-week pilot over Christmas, the Shelter has grown over the years to span six and a half months over the winter, from October until April.

The service is run by a small team of staff and relies on around 1,000 volunteers from churches across the Lothians.  They provide church venues for people who are homeless to sleep in on a nightly rota basis as well as preparing and serving a hot meal.

The service has been a lifeline for many people over the years. The Care Shelter is funded by the voluntary donations of trusts and foundations, individuals and communities, as well as receiving some money from Caring Christmas Trees.

See the full schedule here.