We are still recruiting volunteers to work with us this winter. We will run every day until mid-March. We ask our volunteers to try and do at least one shift every two or three weeks for three months.
Please be aware that all potential new volunteers need to provide details of a referee (who isn’t a member of your family and who can comment on your suitability for the role).
Please also note that all potential new volunteers will need to attend a training session. Our last training session will take place on 19/1/19 so you need to be available from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm that day. After you have attended a training session we will make a decision about your application.
If you can commit to doing at least 3 shifts between 22/1/19 and 12/3/19 and if you are are able to attend our training session on 19/1/19 from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm, please apply to volunteer with us via this link.
People who have volunteered with us in the past can also register to volunteer with us again via this link. We may need to refresh the references of some of our existing and previous volunteers. If this is the case, we will let you know.
Information about volunteering at the shelter:
Once staff have checked our pre-booked guests into the shelter and made sure that they are settling in, the shelter is delivered entirely by our wonderful volunteers.
During the winter of 2018/19 we expect to have at least 260 volunteers involved in providing the shelter. We recommend that our volunteers do at least one of the following shifts every fortnight during the season:
- Evening shift – volunteers arrive by 6 pm to prepare the night shelter ready for the guests. This involves setting up the beds and then serving a hot meal for the guests and volunteers to eat together.
- Overnight shift – volunteers arrive at 9.45 pm and stay overnight to provide company, security and assistance to the guests as needed. They work in a team of 3 or 4. They should be able to get a couple of hours of sleep in a separate room.
- Morning shift – volunteers arrive at 6.45 am to relieve the overnight shift. From 7.30 am they prepare and serve breakfast for our guests. From 8.15 am they clear away the breakfast and then pack away the beds. The guests leave the shelter by 8.30 am and the morning volunteers leave shortly afterwards.