Winter Comfort is a Cambridge-based charity offering support to homeless and vulnerably-housed individuals. For 25 years they have supported those who have or are about to lose their homes. They are a day centre open seven days a week.

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Winter Comfort was established after locally based people were made increasingly aware of the growing problem of homelessness in the Cambridge area. Originally, they distributed food, sleeping bags and blankets from an old bus to those sleeping on the streets. A year later a shelter was set up by volunteers, and in 1994 they acquired their own premises, Overstream House, which has been their home ever since. Nowadays, they work with over 750 individuals every year.

The people that benefit from Winter Comfort's services vary, and they're open all year round to cater for every kind. Some people will be sleeping rough, others could be guests at a different homeless shelter, living in temporary accomodation, or be vulnerably housed. Either way, the services and welfare that Winter Comfort provide come as a welcome retreat for many.

What makes Winter Comfort different

They are the only day centre provision in Cambridge to support the homeless. For those that are homeless or vulnerably-housed, Winter Comfort offers vital welfare services as well as opportunities to learn new skills and be trained in new areas.

Their welfare service for those in need consists of a free cooked breakfast for those who might be sleeping on the streets, tea and coffee, and free toast and cereal for all. There is also a hot shower, laundry and clothing storage facilities available, plus help and advice on a range of topics.

They provide learning and training through their Pathways project, which offers a range of activities, guidance, information and advice. Some of the activities that people can get involved with are arts and crafts, museum visits, sports, catering skills, IT, and job skills. They also host a weekly leisure and recreational programme.

There are also a number of successful social enterprises run by Winter Comfort, such as Food4Food and Overstream Clean. Food4Food provides buffet lunches for private events while offering invaluable experience and training opportunities for homeless people.

Other ways to support

As well as supporting Winter Comfort when you shop through Savoo, they have a gift in kind list of items that people can donate. The list includes items that are extremely useful for those without a permanent home, such as warm clothing and sleeping bags. You can view the list on their website. You can also support their vital work by organising a fundraising event.


Overstream House, Victoria Avenue

Contact Number

01223 518140