An opportunity for an enthusiastic, committed person to be a part of the team delivering the Wycombe Winter Night Shelter project.  

Time commitment is negotiable, but roughly:

  • Starting in late December
  • Finishing end of March
  • You will be able to offer at least 3 days per week

What will it involve?

Assisting Wycombe Homeless Connection in running a night shelter for homeless people. Main tasks will include: Assisting with allocating places, undertaking risk assessments – in collaboration with the police and the probation service, supervising clients entering the night shelter, ensuring that accurate logs and records are taken, participating in team meetings and assisting in our Support Centre.

Who might this suit?

  • A university student studying social work or another similar course.  
  • A social worker or similar professional looking to get back into practising after taking a break.
  • Enquiries from other people are also welcome.

What we would want to see from you?

  • Commitment to work for Wycombe Homeless Connection voluntarily for at least three days a week for at least three months.
  • Two references from either your school or university, an employer, a religious institution, or similar, prior to you starting.
  • Willingness to learn and undertake the work with enthusiasm and conscientiousness.

What we would offer you in return?

  • We would cover your expenses, including:
    • Travel
    • Agreed training
    • Other agreed costs
  • A supervisor during the time spent with us.
  • Opportunity to gain a reference from us towards future work.
  • Training as well as other learning and development on housing, homelessness and the homelessness sector.

What to do if you’re interested:

If this appeals to you and you are a university student, get in touch with your university department as previous placements have come from candidates whose university has supported and paid for the placement. Otherwise, please contact our Operations Manager on [email protected] to enquire.

 

After completing a placement with us recently, Fern said,

I enjoyed my placement at WHC not only because the staff, volunteers and service users taught me a lot whilst being there, I also found it interesting to work in a non-statutory service. There was a lot more freedom in terms of planning and engaging with people. The charity works with multiple agencies and is highly valued by other professionals. During my time there, I was also able to learn more about the support that WHC offered, from bus passes to helping people move into accommodation.