Could you volunteer at the Night Shelter?
08 September 2016 IN: Parish News
The Greater Manchester Winter Night Shelter, a rolling night shelter run primarily using CofE churches, is opening again in late October, and this time will be running for six months. In order to ensure that it can open every night of the week and provide a warm welcome to the guests, more volunteers are needed.
The pilot project, which ran from January to Easter, was hugely successful, offering 733 bed spaces for rough sleepers. The Night Shelter runs in partnership with the Booth Centre, who support the guests during the day, working with them to find a route off the streets and into more permanent accommodation.
One guest, who was in his late 60s and had been sleeping rough for more than a week, wrote to thank our volunteers saying, "I really cannot put into words the feelings I have regarding the way you and the rest of the gang have looked after and cared for us. The concern, thoughtfulness, and absolute love you have showered on us will live with me forever and from the bottom of my heart I thank you."
Volunteers do all sorts of tasks from cooking meals, to setting up beds, cleaning, and taking washing home, and, most importantly, offering a friendly face and some conversation to the guests. We need more volunteers for all three shifts, but especially for overnight and in the morning. You don’t have to have any prior experience.
Feedback from our volunteers was overwhelmingly positive:
“I was a bit worried about the guests before I came but was surprised (hate to admit it) to see that they are just normal people like me who need some assistance”