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Useful links

The following links relate to just some of the resources provided by agencies currently involved in supporting homeless people in Bristol -

The Caring in Bristol Covid-19 Mutual Aid Group is a public Facebook group which shares resources for how to help the city's most vulnerable during the COVID-19 outbreak.

They are posting -

- Weekly food drop schedules

- Resources on where and when to find services

- Resources to connect homeless people with medical care

- Shelter service updates

- Volunteer call-outs

The Bristol Homeless Connect website provides one of the most the most comprehensive sources of information for homeless people in Bristol.

The Caring Handbook (previously the Survival Handbook) is a printed booklet designed to be a point of reference for anyone finding themselves homeless or at risk of becoming homeless in the Bristol area. It is produced by Caring in Bristol for agencies to distribute and contains a similar range of information to the online Bristol Homeless Connect. (a PDF version is available from the second link below)

The Julian Trust Emergency Night Shelter for both men and women is based in Wilder Street in St Pauls providing 18 beds in a single dormitory on a first come first served basis each evening except Thursdays and Sundays. The list for beds is typically taken by about 7pm, although the doors do not open until 9:30pm. Hot food is served between 9:30 and 10:30pm and is available to anyone.

The Spring of Hope Womens' Night Shelter is a restricted access women-only emergency night shelter for up to twelve women, open every night except Saturdays. Call Val on 07990 715691 for details or email her on

The Wild Goose Drop-In Centre on Stapleton Road provides breakfast (10:30-11:30) and lunch (12:30-13:30) four days a week (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday), and an evening meal (20:00-22:00) six nights a week (closed Saturday).

St Mungos (also often known by their main Bristol location as “The Compass Centre”).
Bristol City Council has commissioned St Mungos to provide outreach teams to help get homeless people off the streets into a safe place to stay and to assist in providing longer term accommodation.
The Bristol Outreach Team direct telephone is 0117 407 0330 and their email is

StreetLink is an online national reporting system designed to help end rough sleeping by enabling members of the public to connect people sleeping rough with the local services that can support them. You will need to sign up to StreetLink.
You can download a free mobile app from iTunes or from Google Play.
You can also call StreetLink on 0300 500 0914 (freephone). Lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
For Bristol based reports the information is forwarded to the St Mungos outreach team – although this may take up to 48 hours so StreetLink should not be used for urgent referrals.

Bristol City Council homeless links.

Background to the city council’s legal obligations for homeless people from the Shelter website.

The Methodist Centre is a Christian community where people can feel welcome and safe, sustained in their daily lives and nurtured in growing and changing. It has been offering shelter, sanctuary and support to the homeless, vulnerable and excluded in Bristol for almost 30 years.

Address: Lincoln Street, Lawrence Hill, Bristol BS5 0BJ

Opening times -
  Monday:        1.15pm - 3.30pm
  Tuesday:       10am - 3.30pm
  Wednesday:  10am - 3.30pm
  Thursday:      10am - 3.30pm

Existing volunteers
Have a Saturday morning free? Please sign the rota or get in touch to join a team. We really value your help.

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