Our History

Jimmy’s opened in 1995 as Cambridge’s first all year round night shelter and now offers a much wider range of support. It remains one of the most prominent organisations within the community supporting people who have been rough sleeping in the city.

The organisation was inspired by Jim Dilley, who spent much of his life sleeping rough. In the last few years of his life, ‘home’ for Jim was under the bridge at Junction 13 of the M11. That bridge is still represented in Jimmy’s logo.

Whilst Jimmy’s has undergone several significant transformations since it opened, its ethos has remained the same – placing people at the heart of the support we provide.

Valuing and respecting everyone who needs our services, Jimmy’s staff work with each person to provide options, tools and skills to support them on their journey, developing a tailored pathway to independence.

Through our many years of experience of working with vulnerable individuals we recognise the need for everyone to be treated in a confidential manner and with respect, compassion, and empathy.



Jimmy’s opens its doors as Cambridge’s first all year round night shelter. Joan and Richard, our founders, were determined that people should not have to sleep rough in the city.


Jimmy’s undergoes major refurbishment moving from a single basement in the Zion Baptist church, to 20 single bedrooms across 4 floors, opened by Their Royal Highnesses, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in November.


Jimmy’s starts to provides accommodation in shared houses across the city of Cambridge.


Jimmy's launches a residential alcohol management programme with 6 beds and wraparound support.


Jimmy's and its partners are the first in the UK to provide modular homes for those at risk of homelessness.


Jimmys launches new 9-bed service for people with multiple needs.