Winter shelter for homeless to open in Norwich church
Last winter volunteers from churches and other community groups came together to support and run the Winter Shelter for people sleeping rough in Norwich. The project will run again and organisers are looking for volunteers.
This year, Norwich City Council is funding the project again and is paying for Future Projects to organise and manage it. It will, initially, take place three nights a week at Norwich Central Baptist Church (Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays) from 9pm – 8am, with the intention of increasing the nights if another suitable venue can be found.
The project relies on volunteers and is hoping for people to come forward again this year, whether they supported it last year or are interested in helping for the first time. People are needed to do the night shift from 9pm – 8am (usually sleeping in shifts) and also to come in the morning between 7am and 9am to serve morning drinks and help with clearing away and cleaning.
If you enjoy chatting to people and can make people feel welcome and at ease, or if you like practical tasks, one of these roles might suit you. You could volunteer weekly, bi-weekly or even monthly. Every shift helps. Training is provided and you would need to complete a DBS check. In return you have the opportunity to make a really positive impact on the lives of people in need, learn or develop new skills, and also the chance to meet and form new friendships with the other volunteers. If you would like to help in a different way donations of tea, coffee, hot chocolate and sugar would be welcome. There is no need to donate bedding this year.
If you would like more information on the roles and the training, or to apply, please contact Andrew Morter on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01603 250505.