Cooks in the Community for the Winter Night Shelter
Milton Keynes Council Volunteers
We are currently helping to support Milton Keynes Council with the volunteer recruitment for their new temporary accommodation provision, which is now open and based on the first floor of Unity Park Station (the old bus station). The accommodation will support 18 homeless people, and due to the fact that the first floor consists of just sleeping space, we will be allowing Council guests access to our evening cafe downstairs, where they can relax, socialise and eat an evening meal in a supportive environment.
We are also supporting the Council by helping with the recruitment for the volunteers needed for the various roles in the evening cafe. Roles are in shifts from 4:45pm – 9:15pm, and the provision will operate seven days a week. It’s important to note that you can volunteer for whatever works for you – we would suggest that one evening, every fortnight, tends to work well for most people. However, if you are able to offer more time, or less, that’s absolutely fine too!
The roles are:
Triage/Support Volunteer: (4.45pm – 6.15pm) support MK Council staff members with checking in guests (e.g. performing lateral flow tests, bag checks, mood, and sobriety checks ), assist with putting guests belongings in the lockers, keep records on lockers, (then from 6.15pm – 9.15pm) assist with service and interaction
Kitchen duty: (4.45pm – 9.15pm): wipe surfaces, prepare drinks, snacks, heat and serve pre-cooked meals, prepare 18 go-bags for guests, wash up and clean kitchen
Service and interaction: (4.45pm – 9.15pm): set up UPS, help guests familiarise themselves with the UPS setting and use facilities, serve and clear away drinks and meals, interact with guests during the session, supervise cigarette breaks, clean frequently touched surfaces such as door handles, light switches, tables, assist with transferring guests upstairs to the MK Council Provision at the end of the session
General cleaning: (4.45pm – 9.15pm): additional cleaning of facilities during the evening such sinks, toilets and showers (hourly)
Washing and Drying guest clothing: (4.45pm – 9.15pm): assist with washing and drying guest clothes, prepare guests toiletry bags
Please note, these roles are to volunteer for MK Council not for the Winter Night Shelter – we will be forwarding your application to MK Council directly and a member of their team will be in touch. Please do not contact the WNSMK directly to enquire after your application, as we will be unable to provide updates on the service the Council is running.
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