Shelter Week

Shelter Week 2021

We are really pleased to announce that we will be running Shelter Week this year.

This year is unusual in that Christmas Day and Boxing Day fall on a Saturday and Sunday respectively.  This is followed by 2 bank holidays falling on Monday 27th and Tuesday 28th December, giving a longer holiday period than normal.  Given that most other services that our guests depend on during the year, will be closed during the holiday period for a well-earned rest, we will remain open a bit longer this year.

Unfortunately, due to the Covid pandemic we have to cut back on our overnight bed spaces but will ensure they are available for the nights when public transport is not available.


  • Friday December 24th
    We will open at 10am for the usual services but overnight sleeping will be restricted to about 40 men and 15 women.  Some bed spaces will be reserved for overnight emergencies.

  • Saturday 25th December
    We will open for 24 hours with overnight sleeping as above.

  • Sunday 26th December
    We will open until 8pm with no overnight sleeping.

  • Monday 27th December
    We will open from 9am for breakfast and other services  till 8pm with no overnight sleeping

  • Tuesday 28th December
    We will open from 9am for breakfast and other  services till 8pm with no overnight sleeping.

what is shelter week?

Our doors open 24 hours a day during Christmas week and, typically, we welcome between 50 and 150 guests on a daily basis, providing hot meals and drinks, entertainment and a safe and warm place to sleep.

Our aim is to provide food, warmth, shelter and friendship to our guests, regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion, belief, sex, sexual orientation.

where we are located

St George's Hub, Great Hampton Row, Newtown, Birmingham, B19 3JG

Please note that St George’s is in Great Hampton Row which leads off Great Hampton Street. The entrance is through the car park on Unett Street.

Nearby Bus Routes : 52, 16, 74, 16, 16W, 7.

Saint Paul's Metro Tram Station

Who do we help?

There is no such thing as a typical visitor – our guests might be hungry, homeless, cold, lost, in poverty, lonely or all of these things.

We also welcome four-legged visitors, as long as they are on leads and accompanied by a two-legged guest!

what we offer


Three hot meals a day, including a vegetarian option at each meal, and very busy sandwich and tea bar facilities.

Providing the heating is working!

We actively encourage our volunteers to sit and chat with our guests – not only is this a particularly rewarding part of the role, it makes such a difference to many of our guests who experience extreme loneliness.

We are open 24 hours a day during Christmas week providing food and entertainment in the day, and warm, comfortable sleeping facilities at night.

We have an excellent stage in the main hall for entertainment. If you are a DJ, singer, perform in a band or have other entertaining skills, then we would love to hear from you.

Our guests are always very grateful for the special services provided by our volunteer service providers as it is sometimes the only time each year that they have access to these services.

In the past, we have been able to offer our guests:

Access to a doctor
Access to a solicitor
Holistic therapies
Beauty treatments

We are always looking to increase this list and would be delighted to hear from any potential new service providers. 


For the safety and comfort of our guests and volunteers, we employ a private security firm to manage the shelter for us.

We are delighted to have found such a fantastic team of professionals, who enjoy the shelter as much as we do and really are part of the family.


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Birmingham Christmas Shelter, PO Box 17677, Birmingham, B13 3PS

Registered Charity 1002891

Tel: 07846 299 336

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