The Greater Manchester Winter Night Shelter is a rolling night shelter run primarily using CofE churches, that runs from October to March. It is staffed by volunteers from across the whole diocese and in its first year provided 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”
For further information, contact Lily Axworthy, email@example.com, 0161 828 1409.