Night Shelter Volunteers

Help run the Night Shelter

Night Shelter volunteers work evening or breakfast shifts, so this role is suitable for night owls and early birds – but volunteers do not stay overnight.

You’ll need good communication skills, confidence and enthusiasm to work with clients with varying degrees of vulnerability and challenging behaviour.

Evening volunteers are here from 19.30 until 22.00 and help prepare the Night Shelter for the night, welcome the guests, help with laundry, watch TV, play games and serve an evening meal that is prepared off-site.

Breakfast volunteers are with us from 7.00 – 8.00 and serve breakfast.

The Night Shelter is open seven nights a week for 30 weeks of the year. Professional shift workers are on site at all times.

There’s an induction programme for all volunteers and ongoing guidance in all tasks. You’ll receive a briefing on professional boundaries, safeguarding, managing conflict/aggressive behaviour, and manual handling and food hygiene. We ask that volunteers commit to one session a week for the ten weeks, so ten sessions, but lots of our volunteers find that they want to do more.

It’s not essential for volunteers to have worked with homeless people before, but you will need good interpersonal skills. The role will suit people interested in a career in health or social care, and people who would like to volunteer within their local community but are unavailable during the ordinary working day. Local students, professionals, retired people and parents all come and volunteer at the Night Shelter and have an interesting and rewarding time.

The volunteer crew is fun and friendly, led by experienced staff who offer lots of support and advice.

Contact Leon,, for an informal chat about volunteering at the Night Shelter.

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How your donation helps

  • buys a sleeping bag for a Night Shelter Guest


  • provides IT and internet access for a week


  • pays for an Advice & Support consultation


  • pays a sessional tutor for one Learning & Activity session


  • buys a computer and software to access job searches


  • keeps the 999 Club running for a day