We are recruiting volunteers to work with us this winter. The shelter will be running for an extra 8 weeks (click here to read more about this exciting news). We will be opening in mid October and running until mid March. If you would like to join our team of volunteers, please apply via this link.
New volunteers will need to provide details of someone who has agreed to provide a reference. Once we have processed your application and received your reference, we will invite you to one of our new volunteer training sessions. After you have attended a training session we will make a decision about your application.
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.