We are taking applications for ALL volunteers in readiness for next winter (2018/19). If you would like to apply, please use this link. You will need to provide details of someone who has agreed to provide a reference for you if you are new to IWNS or if you have not provided one recently.
Please use this link whether you have volunteered with us before or are applying for the first time. We need volunteers to cover evening shifts, overnight shifts, morning shifts and other roles.
Information about our volunteers:
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.