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Volunteering in Spring/Summer 2021

Update 28/04/21: We have recently received sufficient volunteer applications so have temporarily closed our application portal and will be updating this page shortly. Thank you.  

Due to the impact of Covid-19 we need to rise to the challenge of ensuring that the homeless and vulnerable continue to have access to a wide range of practical support through spring/summer, a time of year when our charity is usually in its quiet ‘off-peak’ season. We therefore have plans to maintain and build on our current food and welfare operations, to bridge the gap between last winter and the next in a way that we have never had to do before.

We have a variety of volunteer roles available at our centre, Unity Park Station (the old bus station) to help provide ‘wrap around support’ for the increasing number of homeless and vulnerable guests who visit our welfare team for crisis support, housing advice and help with things like ID, opening bank accounts and access to benefits.

Our volunteers enable the provision of refreshments, nutritious hot food, food supplies to take away, access to showers and washing machines and supplies of clothing. We also require volunteers to help with additional cleaning, such as wiping down frequently touched surfaces, to maintain a safe environment and minimise the risk of Covid transmission.

We are currently looking for new volunteers to join our team in order to keep our services going through spring/summer and to relieve some of our current volunteer cohort who may be returning to work or needing to step down for a break after a busy winter season. In addition to our active volunteers we also need a bank of reserve volunteers to be available to help on a more occasional basis to fill gaps if other volunteers are unable to attend their shift for any reason.

Will you join us?

Our volunteer roles

We currently require volunteers for the following roles on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9.30am-2pm:

  • Kitchen duty: food preparation
  • Kitchen duty: drinks preparation
  • Table service and guest interaction
  • Supervision of showers and toilets
  • Additional cleaning
  • Clothing management

The additional cleaning roles are important for things such as wiping down frequently touched surfaces, to maintain a safe environment and minimise the risk of Covid transmission. These roles are essential; if we don’t have enough volunteers willing to do these roles we are not able to operate safely.

Due to Covid the roles this year will be fixed in team bubbles and shifts are typically once a fortnight. Some volunteer assignments may be to our reserve list which is itself an essential element of our volunteer team.

How to apply

We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds and levels of experience. Training will be given and the main things that are required are compassion for the homeless and willingness to work collaboratively as part of a friendly team.

To apply for a role this spring/summer please complete the application form shown. Alternatively, for queries or further information please contact opsassistant@winternightsheltermk.org.

Reception café and base for daytime support services:
Unity Park Station (formerly The Old Bus Station), 401 Elder Gate, Milton Keynes, MK9 1LR.

Registered office:
The Ridgeway Centre, Featherstone Road, Wolverton Mill South, Milton Keynes, MK12 5TH.

Charity Reference No. 1149480
Registered Company No. 08232340