Winter Shelter referral form

Please note that our Winter Shelter is unable to operate in 2020/21. We will be reassessing availability for 2021/22 when longer-term restrictions are clearer.

For information about our homeless pods, please contact us.

Please do not complete the referral form until you have contacted us to check whether there is space in the Winter Shelter.

Completing the form does not guarantee a place, please wait for confirmation from Inn Churches.

Inn Churches has a responsibility to ensure that agencies are competent to fulfil the requirements of the referral procedure. This includes an agreement to use appropriate guidelines.

Referral agencies have a responsibility to Inn Churches to ensure that any person delegated to deal with referrals for homeless individuals who may be eligible to access the project are competent.

Agencies acting on behalf of the project should deal with individuals face to face. Whilst the welfare of the individual is paramount, agencies also have a responsibility to consider the safety of volunteers and venues. Where the agency does not know the individual well or has doubts, this should be flagged up so that the project coordinator can make additional checks.

It is the referral agency’s responsibility to inform each homeless individual being referred that if they arrive at a venue under the influence of alcohol, drugs, solvents or legal highs, or are carrying weapons, they are at risk of forfeiting their place.

Inn Churches reserve the right to conduct bag searches in accordance with our policy. Refusal may result in a bed space being denied.

Inn Churches have a duty to ensure that records are kept of every referral and that checks carried out are in accordance with the EU GDPR (2018). Data will be stored for a maximum of six years and will not be shared with third parties beyond appropriate organisations and professionals as part of their information gathering and assessment / risk assessment processes.

Referrals must come through one of our designated referral agencies.

Winter Shelter 2019-20

We have 12 beds per night for 19 weeks over the winter (this may reduce near the end of the shelter), in a different church around the Bradford District each week. For churches further away from the city centre, minibus transport is provided from a pickup point in the city centre.

The shelter opens at 7pm each night with a last admission time of 7.30pm and lights out at 11pm. There is no readmission if guests choose to leave after 7.30pm. Guests must leave by 8.30am.

Our winter shelter provision starts on Monday 25th November 2019. We will take referrals from 10am on 25th November. The shelter ends on 6th April 2020.

Referral criteria

To qualify for our Winter Shelter, potential guests must be:

  • homeless people sleeping rough
  • single (although we may be able to take couples on request)
  • aged 18+ (but please make a referral to Nightstop first if aged 18-25)
  • accessing services within the Bradford Metropolitan District.

Due to the nature of the accommodation provided and the skill levels of volunteers, it is important to safeguard the safety of host churches and teams.

Only individuals assessed as LOW TO MEDIUM risk will be admitted.

We are unable to accept individuals who:

  • are known to have committed serious violent or sexual crime, or with schedule one offences.
  • require specialist support, for example those with serious physical or mental health issues, or those who at the time of referral are heavily under the influence of alcohol, drugs, solvents or ‘legal highs’.
  • have been barred from the shelter.

Guests can be referred for up to 7 nights initially, but staying beyond the first night is behaviour-dependent, and staying beyond 3 nights depends on being willing to engage with services.

Guests must sign a code of conduct specifying no alcohol or drugs, no swearing, no weapons and no smoking inside the shelter. Violent or threatening behaviour will not be tolerated and guests will not be allowed in under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Dogs may be admitted depending on the capacity of the shelter at the time.

Making a referral

Please contact the project coordinator first to check whether we have space in the shelter, and to do a provisional assessment of the guest.

If we have space and the referral is considered appropriate, we will ask you to make a formal referral using the form below. You will be emailed a copy of the completed referral as a PDF.

Please ensure that all sections of the form are completed. In particular, referrals will not be accepted without a referral agency number.

If the project coordinator confirms that we can accept the guest, please print the PDF copy of the referral, put it in an envelope and give it to the guest to present as their ‘ticket’ into the shelter that night.

Referral form

Please note that our Winter Shelter is unable to operate in 2020/21. We will be reassessing availability for 2021/22 when longer-term restrictions are clearer.

For information about our homeless pods, please contact us.