If people from across our city offer to help in a small way, together we can have a big impact. Will you join us?

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us to help the homeless and vulnerable. We can only do what we do because of the energy and kindness of our wonderful volunteers each year.

We are busy making preparations for winter and are reviewing our volunteer needs for both our emergency accommodation provision and the services at Unity Park Station, our day centre based in the old bus station on Elder Gate.

Please check back with this page from mid-October when we are planning to release details of the volunteer roles available this winter, along with a sign-up form to register your interest and availability.

 

What will be different this winter?

Continued day centre and food provision from Unity Park Station whilst providing ongoing support to up to 18 rough sleepers accommodated on the first floor

MK Council have recently announced their intentions to convert the first floor of the Old Bus Station into a facility for supervised overnight accommodation for up to 18 rough sleepers, intended to operate from November this year.

We welcome this exciting development as this enables closer partnership working with the support services we provide as a charity on the ground floor of the building, also known as Unity Park Station. Our specialist welfare team and volunteer-led food provision will be working closely with council staff to support people from crisis into rebuilding their lives.

An additional safety-net emergency accommodation service for rough sleepers

The Old Bus Station will act as a new venue for the council’s own emergency accommodation provision, but these bed spaces are not a replacement for the winter accommodation provided by the WNSMK at overnight venues in the city. The spaces in our shelter in the winter months are usually required to provide additional capacity and support for people the council or other partners in the sector may be unable to help. We are therefore planning to operate an emergency shelter service again this winter although it will be a redesigned service with current needs and Covid safety precautions as paramount. We look forward to releasing full details in the coming weeks.

Thank you for your support.

 

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