We can only do what we do because of the willingness of an army of kind volunteers who give their time and energy. We currently have volunteers serving on weekdays at our centre, Unity Park Station (the old bus station on Elder Gate). Duties include reception, food and drinks preparation, managing practical donations, table service at our indoor community cafe and the additional cleaning required to keep everyone safe in relation to Covid precautions.
Our regular rotas are now filled to the end of the summer, but at present there are volunteer opportunities available through our partnership with MK Food Bank.
We are delighted to be inviting MK Food Bank to operate a food collection point at for people in need from Unity Park Station and are pleased to support them in their work. In 2020 the Food Bank distributed nearly 30,000 parcels in MK, which is more than double the usual amount, and as the economic impact of the pandemic becomes clearer the need continues to grow.
Currently the plans are to hold a training session in the afternoon on 13th July and go operational from Tuesday 20th July (to be confirmed). A final decision on operating days is subject to a number of factors including availability of potential volunteers, but it is being planned to run on three of the following four afternoon options:
This might be an ideal opportunity for giving volunteering in our community a try for the first time, or for providing some hands-on help if you usually enjoy volunteering with us at the Winter Night Shelter MK but have been unable to do so this year.
Ideally they are looking for volunteers who can commit to volunteering each week on their chosen day, but cover can be coordinated for holidays etc. If you are unable to commit weekly you could instead specify willingness to be on a reserve list to help provide cover when needed.
Please click here for more details: Volunteer Role Description
To register your interest in volunteering please email Jen Reid-Smith on email@example.com by Sunday 27th June. Please indicate your preferred day and/or whether you are willing to provide cover as a reserve. Following this date you will be asked to complete an MK Food Bank application form. If you are an active serving WNSMK volunteer we will be able to provide a reference for you to MK Food Bank, if you are not you will need to provide them with a reference.
Thank you for your support to those in need in Milton Keynes.
Reception café and base for daytime support services:
Unity Park Station (formerly The Old Bus Station), 401 Elder Gate, Milton Keynes, MK9 1LR.
The Ridgeway Centre, Featherstone Road, Wolverton Mill South, Milton Keynes, MK12 5TH.
Charity Reference No. 1149480
Registered Company No. 08232340