We believe that every person should have a safe place to sleep and a safe space to speak. This is why Catalyst Night Shelter is more than merely a temporary emergency solution to rough sleeping.
7 Nights, 7 Teams, 1 location!
Catalyst Night Shelter is accessible every night of the week, in our brand new singular location in Romford and a different team of volunteers hosting each evening. Food (sometimes hot, sometimes not) and hot drinks are available in the evening. Breakfast is available each morning. The Team Leader is responsible for the evening and is the main contact point for any enquiries or assistance, see the Catalyst Manual.
More than simply shelter
Accessing the Catalyst Night Shelter provides a comfortable bed and a roof over your head. But there’s more to our Shelter than shelter. As well as providing a safe place to sleep it’s important to us to foster atmospheres that promote honesty, humility and kindness, which are the catalysts that produce meaningful and lasting life change. We believe that as people spend time in our community they begin to discover new ways of working through the past and present circumstances that will propel into more hopeful and fulfilling future. Our aim is to help identify the specific help people need to find and sustain a workable housing situation. We’ll signpost them to specialist organisations and assess suitability for our own Thrive Project and Transformations Programme. Together we’ll discover the solution that will best suit our guests.
Catalyst Night Shelter Has Rhythm!
The Catalyst has a rhythm so that our routines and schedules stay constant.
The Catalyst Night Shelter runs smoothest when guests and volunteers keep to time and work together. You’ll find that pulling your weight is both vital and satisfying.
Below is the rhythm we move to:
18:00 – 19:30 – Doors Open & Set Up – Please arrive on-time & sign in with Team Leader; if you’re late you may be refused access.
19:30 – 20:00 – Dinner Time – Food and drink is served. Some meals are cooked on site others will be cooked and bought in.
20:00 – 22:00 – Social Time – Time to relax with other guests and volunteers whilst enjoying a hot drink and snacks. Different activities are available including: pool, board games and chess.
22:00 – 23:00 – Bed Down – The night is beginning to wind down at this point. Games & conversations are coming to a close, time to brush teeth & get prepared for bed. All guests and overnight volunteers tucked up in bed & ready to catch some zzz’s. Toilets are still accessible, but please keep noise down.
23:00 – Lights Out – We ask for everyone to be respectful of each other.
07:15 – 7:30 – Wake Up & upstairs for breakfast.
07:30 – 8:15 – Breakfast – Most important meal of the day. Tea, coffee, cereal & toast will be served.
08:15 – 09:00 – Rooms & Communal areas cleaned, each dorm has a rota of duties.
9:00 – 12:00 – Drop In – Time to get ready to move on and move in. Help and advice on how to get ID, benefits, links to other services.