Day centres can play a crucial role in ending homelessness by tackling rough sleeping, supporting move on, preventing tenancy breakdown, and promoting employment, education and social networks.

Day centres often work with people who have the most difficult journey from the street to independent living, welcoming people who are not willing or able to engage with other services. They develop flexible, innovative ways of working, including outreach and specialist services, and work with a large proportion of service users with high support needs. Day centres also support socially excluded people to sustain their tenancies and break the cycle of repeat homelessness.

RESOURCES

To find day centres and other homelessness services in your area, search using the Homeless UK website. To add your day centre to Homeless UK please contact Homeless Link on 020 7840 4430.

Shelter’s online housing advice resource provides information based on a client's housing situation, for example ex-offenders or those in private rented accommodation.

Homeless Link produces guidance on a range of areas, including No Second Night Out, Supporting People with NRPF, and Entitlements for EEA Nationals. Please see our Effective Action page for the full list.

The Day Centres Project provides support to day centres by sharing good practice, providing direct support, writing guidance and organising events
Day centres have many different approaches to service delivery. Find out more about different models of service provision and access the Day Centre Handbook and Day Centre Standards
Find out more about how to fundraise, sources of funding, developing your fundraising skills and how to develop a sustainable funding model
Find out more about the national context of day centres including how homeless link views their role in the sector and data from the latest SNAP survey