Cambridge Churches Homeless Project



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Summer 2018

The winter shelter project 2017/18 finished on 3rd April 2018 and once again contributed to the saving of lives and helping rough sleepers find the accommodation and support they needed. Working with other agencies proved especially fruitful this winter, with some guests accepting help for the first time in some years.

A full report will be published soon, but in brief:

- We looked after 45 people, including 3 women who were placed in short-term B&Bs pending access to hostels.
- 25 of the guests are now accommodated, although 2 of these are in Council provided temporary accommodation while the Council works out a more permanent solution
- 17 of the guests (mostly short-term or in-and-out) are rough sleeping again (we believe, which includes sofa-surfing and camping – very few if any have a street presence) and 3 have moved on in some other way. 

Following the end of the winter project on 3rd April, due to generous financial support we were able to undertake a significant "transitional support" operation:

- Using B&Bs to accommodate 5 guests whose accommodation was not yet identified or ready. All are now accommodated.
- Renting a 2 bed flat for 6 months to help 2 guests who were not eligible for public funds and were in a good position to gain and sustain good employment
- Extending the contract of our Coordinator, Jemma Strachan, until the next winter, to manage the above, wind up from the winter, plan for next winter and maintain pastoral and practical contact with former guests.

We acknowledge the generous support of many people who donate their time and money and hold us and our guests in their prayers.

We are now planning next winter.

Please continue to remember us and our guests in your prayers and let us know if you can help in any way, whether in volunteering, provision of supplies, financial support, practical help. We will be in touch with all prospective winter volunteers in due course.


There are several ways of donating:-


Please make the cheque made out to Cambridge Churches Homeless Project and send to:

The Treasurer
Cambridge Churches Homeless Project CIO
c/o St Paul’s Church
Hills Rd

Bank transfer

Details are:

Bank CAF Bank
Account Name Cambridge Churches Homeless Project
Account Number 00031018
Sort Code         40 52 40

Gift Aid

The Gift Aid form is here - please complete and return to the address above or scan and email to

Stewardship accounts

You can also give via Stewardship using vouchers or by using the CCHP page

CAF accounts

You can also donate using CAF cheques or vouchers. 

Charity Registration

Cambridge Churches Homeless Project is now a registered charity, a Charitable Incorporated Organisation, and is no longer dependent on Hope Cambridge for governance, banking and insurance. The formal transfer from Hope Cambridge took place on 1st November 2017.

We are registered with the Charity Commission number 1174768.

We are very grateful to the Hope Cambridge Trustees for their support over the last 4 years.

Statement of Ethics

The core values, ethos and behaviours of the Cambridge Churches Homeless Project are rooted in and sustained by the Christian faith which is characterised by a commitment to social justice, bringing hope, building community, celebrating diversity, and showing compassion and reconciliation. We do not discriminate on the grounds of race, language, colour or sexual orientation. We welcome guests, volunteers and partners from all faiths and none asking that they reflect these core values.

Cambridge City Council 

We acknowledge with thanks the award of a Safer City grant from Cambridge City Council towards our costs this winter.


Swiss Laundry

As in previous years, we are immensely grateful to Swiss Laundry on Cherry Hinton Rd for providing cleaning services. 



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Chris Jenkin, 30/10/2013