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Emergency Night Shelter

Boston Emergency Night Shelter (BENS) is a service of Churches Together in Boston, Boston Borough Council and Centenary Methodist Church, Red Lion St, PE21 6NY, which is the actual venue for the shelter. It starts to operate when the temperature drops to zero or below for three consecutive nights. We welcome all homeless but have strict protocols and a policy of no drugs, alcohol or abusive behaviour. The hope and prayer is to share God's love through providing a warm, safe, caring environment and - most of all - a peaceful, trouble-free night for all guests.


Doors open 10pm - 10.30pm (strictly no admission after 11pm) with a welcome hot drink and soup. Each guest is given a bag containing a duvet, pillow and blanket which they name and use every night they stay.


The accommodation is basic and dormitory style, separating men from women, although the vast majority of homeless are men.


Lights out at 11pm and wake up call at 7am when all are encouraged to have a drink and fill flasks etc. Departures by 8am. Some guests may request an earlier call if they are being picked up for work.



Volunteers are the lifeline and heartbeat of the Shelter. We work in teams of no fewer than three and mostly come from the churches of Boston and other caring agencies, but other routes to volunteering are welcome. We aim to serve the Shelter together in a cooperative and helpful spirit, respectful of the necessary guidelines. Could you be the next BENS volunteer?


If you have a heart for the homeless and can spare a few nights during Winter between 9.30pm and 8.00am please contact Hannah Creasey   ctib2012@gmail.com