Every winter, 30 or so churches across Lambeth and Southwark throw open their doors at night to provide warmth, food and a bed to those who for a variety of reasons do not have a home to go to. This is called the ROBES project.

St John’s takes part in ROBES every Monday night (for 12 weeks, mid-January to mid-March).

Our night shelter, managed by Steve Lancashire, opens at 7pm, with beds available for up to 20 guests. At 8pm, a two-course hot dinner is served, followed by cards or board games for those who would like them. Two overnight volunteers stay at St John’s throughout the night. A hot breakfast is served to guests from 7am the following morning, and showers are available.

If you would like to volunteer at the St John's night shelter, please email Steve:

To support the vital work of the Robes Project, we will be sleeping out at Southwark Cathedral on November 30th.  You can donate to the SleepOut here.


For people on low incomes, a crisis such as redundancy, illness, or even an unexpected bill, can mean going hungry. At St John’s Waterloo we don’t think anyone in our community should have to face going without food.

Every Wednesday afternoon (3-5pm) St John’s takes part in the Waterloo Foodbank programme. This is part of the Trussell Trust network of foodbanks, and is an intiative of South Bank Churches.

Our volunteers provide food parcels filled with three days’ worth of healthy, nutritious ingredients. These are available to pick up from the church; clients simply need to show a foodbank voucher (available from local GP practices and other social welfare centres). 

If you would like to volunteer your time or donate to the foodbank (or for any other foodbank queries), please email Rebekah Gibson:


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