ArkLight Night Shelter

“Sometimes in life things can get hard, too hard to handle, but the people [at Arklight] have softened the blows with love, respect and generosity”

ArkLight Guest, January 2019

The Arklight night shelter is a pilot project currently running from 28 January 2019 to 24 March 2019. The project is based on the Housing Justice ‘rolling night shelter’ model where a church or community venue takes a designated night/week to host the night shelter.

Arklight is providing an evening meal, bed for the night, breakfast each morning and hospitality to up to 12 individuals per night for 8 weeks. We have over 300 volunteers from the community who are providing help to set-up the shelter, prepare and serve meals, welcome guests, and provide companionship and assistance to guests.

Through the generosity and support of the community we have been able to host the shelter from 9 venues:

-Age UK
-Birkenhead Library
-Christchurch (Bebington)
-Salvation Army (Rock Ferry)
-St Andrews Community Church (Oxton St Saviours)
-St Michael’s & All Angels (Pensby)
-The Meeting Place
-The Spire/St Luke’s Church, Wallasey
-Wirral Gateway Church


Arklight has also received the support of a number of organisations to get up and running:

Wirral Deen Centre, St James and St Bede’s Church, Quakers Heswall, NEO Community, Asda, Tesco, Tranmere Rovers Football Club, St Anselms College, St Mary & St Helen Parish of Neston, Diocese of Chester, Feeding Birkenhead, Wirral Community Action Wirral, Merseytravel, Victory Outreach, St Stephens Prenton, Housing Justice.

“I’ve been made to feel so happy and welcome…10 out of 10…thank you so much”

Arklight Guest, January 2019

Accessing the night shelter

Arklight is not a direct access night shelter. To access the night shelter we ask that people contact Mary Cole House hostel either by:

• Phone – 0151 649 0111
• Visit – Mary Cole House hostel, 7 Sidney Street, Birkenhead, CH41 1BF

We are extremely grateful to the funders who have made the Arklight project possible:

  • Allchurches Trust
  • Anchor Foundation
  • DWF Foundation
  • Price Parry Trust

For more information about Arklight please contact Jackie Snell | jackie.snell@wirralark.org.uk | 0151 378 6787