Our Story

Working with people experiencing homelessness in Cambridge since 1995.

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 on their journey through homelessness.

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.

Timeline

1995

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.

2012

Jimmy’s undergoes major refurbishment moving from a single basement in the Zion Baptist church, to an operation over four floors of the building. The building was officially opened by Their Royal Highnesses, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in November.

2013

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

2014

Jimmy's launches 451 - a residential alcohol management programme with 6 beds and wrap around support.

2020

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

2022

Jimmy’s joins with homeless charities across Cambridge in New Street to Home project.