Wycombe Winter Night Shelter saves lives by keeping people out of the cold. And we can't do it without you!

Watch a volunteer describe what it's like helping in the shelter.

When: The shelter is open from 2nd January to 31st March.

Who: Men and women are welcome to help, although we are particularly looking for men in order to achieve a balance.

If you have any difficulties get in touch:

Call: 01494 447699 (Mon - Fri, 9am - 5pm)

Email: [email protected]

What is the Wycombe Winter Night Shelter?

Wycombe Winter Night Shelter keeps guests out of the cold and crucially provides a period of stability when they can work with WHC staff to find longer-term solutions.

Seven town-centre churches welcome guests one night of each week across January, February and March. Volunteers work with a shift leader to provide a safe and welcoming environment for guests. Guests get a bed, hot food, a warm welcome and lots of other help. 

What you can do

Volunteer roles include:

  • Cooking the evening meal or breakfast
  • Hosting during the evening (6.00pm - 10.00pm), overnight (9.30pm - 7.00am) and morning (6.45am - 9.00am) shifts
  • Offsite help with laundry, baking cakes, prayer etc
  • And more

Volunteers are especially needed for overnight and morning shifts. The night shift hours might sound unsocial, but it's the most relaxing shift - volunteers get to sleep half the time and probably get to read the other half!

You can volunteer as much as you like

You may be able to help weekly, fortnightly or monthly. You can specify any dates you are unable to do, and we will try to meet your preferences.

If all you can offer is a single overnight shift over the three-month period we still need you! When signing up, indicate your availability for your preferred overnight shift(s) and tick the box to offer "One overnight shift" and you will be assigned only once. 

If you can offer regular night shifts ensure the "One overnight shift" box is not ticked.

You can find out more

Read more details about how the night shelter works in the Wycombe Homeless Connection Volunteer Handbook


Training will be required for the main roles, and some cooking roles require a Hygiene Certificate. We will provide you with everything you need and there are multiple training events so you can attend one convenient for you. 

All volunteers planning to help will be required to sign up for a relevant training session: general training sessions for first-time volunteers and update sessions for existing volunteers.

If you are a first-time volunteer, once you're signed up you will be able to select a training session.

If you are an existing volunteer please also enter your shift preference on the volunteer database and also email our Volunteer cooordinator Di at [email protected] as soon as possible to book your preferred training session.

When are the training sessions

Training sessions for first time volunteers:








Other training sessions for cooks, cooks assistants and first aiders: