SleepSafe is our Winter months homeless shelter. We partner with six other churches in and around the Bournemouth town centre to ensure there’s a crisis provision at the coldest time of year.

The SleepSafe scheme is run in partnership with our mission partner Faithworks.  Sleepsafe is a winter emergency beds scheme for rough sleepers who want to make a change in their lives.  Six church venues are used to provide space for 12 beds each night over 22 weeks of the winter.

The results of this scheme in Bournemouth speak for themselves:

  • 22 weeks provision of emergency beds provided over the coldest winter months
  • 80 Sleepsafe guests
  • 47 moved in to more secure accommodation
  • 13 received Home-start packs enabling them to turn a room in to a home
  • 9 church venues provided
  • 100 volunteers
  • £42,000 funding raised including £18,000 by churches and individuals
  • Contributed to reduction in formal “street count ” numbers of rough sleepers in Bournemouth
  • £120,000 estimated savings for the public purse

To get involved at St Swithun’s please contact [email protected]

You can find out more about the scheme and Faithworks at

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