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Buy a Bed

Our Buy a Bed campaign for 2021 has now ended. Thank you to everyone who supported it so generously. Our work supporting people facing homelessness continues and you can make a donation towards our work across Scotland here. 

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. Can you help provide one person with access to the support of the Rapid Re-Accommodation Welcome Centre this winter? Each £21 gift will help someone this winter by contributing to:
  • A warm & safe place to sleep
  • Safety from the elements
  • 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
In return, you will receive your choice of a physical or e-card that you can gift to your friends or family members as an ethical Christmas present or as a keepsake for yourself. Please note that the last guaranteed post date before Christmas will be the 16th of December. Will you help someone who is homeless in Scotland today? Your gift could mean the difference between someone having to sleep rough and sleeping overnight in a warm and safe space. Read more about the Welcome Centre and Buy a Bed here. 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.
*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. Should we raise more than is required to fund the service, any surplus will be used wherever the need is greatest across Scotland. Find out more about our other 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.