About Buy a Bed

Our Buy a Bed Campaign has now ended. Thank you to everyone who supported it so generously!

We believe everyone should have a cosy bed this Christmas. But much more than that, we believe everyone should have a place to call home.

We’re so glad you’ve joined us. By purchasing or receiving a Buy a Bed voucher, you have helped provide access to Bethany’s Rapid Re-accommodation Welcome Centre for those who would otherwise be sleeping on the streets this winter.

What is the Welcome Centre?

The Rapid Re-accommodation Welcome Centre provides people who are sleeping rough with 24-hour accommodation, hot food and access to professional services.  Guests also receive individualised support to help them move on to more suitable accommodation.

Staff from City of Edinburgh Council are on hand during the day to allow for effective referrals to housing.  There is also visiting support from healthcare professionals and partner organisations.

This winter the Welcome Centre is based at the Haymarket Hub Hotel, 7 Clifton Terrace, Edinburgh EH12 5DR and will be open between 4th October 2021 –  2nd May 2022.

To find out more about the Welcome Centre, our collaboration with other organisations and how the pandemic has shaped our work, download the 2020-2021 Welcome Centre report.

“The Link Worker changed my whole outlook.  I was helped with everything possible.  I was helped to get a social worker, my GP, Housing Officer, access accommodation, moral support and kindness shown throughout.”

Guest at the Welcome Centre (2020)

What does my gift do?

Each £21 gift will help someone this winter by providing:

  • A warm & safe place to sleep
  • A private room with en-suite facilities
  • 24-hour care & support from professional, supportive and loving staff
  • Three meals a day inc. a freshly prepared, hot two course dinner
  • A range of professional on-site support services such as dental nurses, mental health practitioners & doctors
  • Tailored support to help individuals move rapidly out of the crisis of homelessness

When I walked in, all I could think was how beautiful this place was and how thankful I am to be here.”

Guest at the Welcome Centre (2021)


Please note individuals do not require this voucher to access the service. Room hire is separately funded by local government.

When you support Buy a Bed you’re making a vital donation to help keep individuals off the streets and providing tailored support for rapid re-accommodation. If the target for the campaign is met, your gift will be used to support wherever the need is greatest across Scotland. Discover more about our other life changing services here.

History of the service and public support 

Bethany Christian Trust has provided emergency accommodation and care for people sleeping rough in Edinburgh every winter since 1996. For a number of years the provision at the Care Shelter had outstripped the traditional shelter model. In 2020 the Care Shelter was modified into an even more inclusive service with an emphasis on re-accommodation. Renamed the Rapid Re-accommodation Welcome Centre, we now provide private en-suite rooms with access to professional services and tailored 24 hour support for each person in order to move rapidly out of the crisis of homelessness. As well as the amazing support raised through your generous Buy a Bed gift, we are indebted to the support of approximately 1,000 volunteers from churches across the Lothians who prepare and serve a hot meal every night. The Rapid Re-accommodation Welcome Centre is also funded by the voluntary donations of trusts and foundations, individuals, local churches, companies, communities, the City of Edinburgh Council and the Scottish Government.