Meet the need night shelter programme is part of Forest Churches Community Night Shelter (FCENS). FCENS is a collaboration of seven local partner churches that came together in January 2009 to meet the needs of those sleeping rough in the borough during the winter months. Each church donates their premises and provides volunteers, food and bedding to sleep the guests for one night per week for five months during the coldest months of the year; from November through to March. Guests are referred to and assessed by FCENS in advance of attending a shelter. They are then required to register with FCENS to guarantee a bed. This means we know who to expect and reduces the risk for guests and volunteers.