Wycombe Winter Night Shelter saves lives by keeping people out of the cold. But it also allows people the space to think about taking positive steps to find accommodation. Be part of it!

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

Volunteers are needed again to sign up for the 2nd January to 31st March 2019 season.

WHC's volunteer database is now ready to receive details of your availability (if you volunteered before, your previous years’ availability data for the night shelter has been cleared to ensure we have up-to-date commitments). To sign up, see below.

Seven town-centre churches each host the shelter on one night of the week. Volunteers work together under a shift leader to provide a safe and welcoming environment for guests. 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.

Volunteer roles are:

  • Cooking the evening meal or breakfast
  • Hosting during the evening, overnight and morning shifts
  • Offsite help with laundry, baking cakes, prayer etc
  • Volunteers are specially welcome for the overnight and morning shifts. The night shift hours are unsocial, but it's the most relaxing shift - volunteers get to sleep half the time and probably get to read the other half!
  • It is possible to offer just a single night shift over the three-month period. Indicate your availability for your preferred night 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, that is greatly appreciated - ensure the "One overnight shift" box is not ticked.

You can get a picture of night shelter operations from the WHC Volunteer HandbookThis file is in Adobe pdf format. If you need a reader, you can download one free here.

Training will be required for the main roles, and some cooking roles require a Hygiene Certificate.

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

To sign up, click here and follow the link to our volunteer database, which contains details of venues and shifts.

Anyone without internet access should contact a host church coordinator or phone the Wycombe Homeless Connection office.

Training opportunities

WHC is committed to supporting its volunteers to run an effective and safe shelter. 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, please sign up to volunteer using the link above; once approved, 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 [email protected] as soon as possible to book your preferred training session.

The general training sessions for first time volunteers:

Date

Time

Venue

Monday 19th Nov

7pm – 10 pm

Oakley Hall, 8, Castle Street, HP13 6RF

Monday 3rd Dec

10am – 1pm

Oakley Hall, 8, Castle Street, HP13 6RF

  

The update sessions for existing volunteers:

Date

Time

Venue

Tuesday 6th Nov

7pm – 10 pm

Oakley Hall, 8, Castle Street, HP13 6RF

Thursday 22nd Nov

1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Oakley Hall, 8, Castle Street, HP13 6RF

Monday 26th Nov

7pm – 10 pm

Oakley Hall, 8, Castle Street, HP13 6RF

Saturday 8th Dec

(Disabled access available)

10am – 1pm

Christ the Servant King, Sycamore Road, Booker, HP12 4TJ

 

  

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

Tuesday 4thDecember

Food Hygiene for cooks and cooks assistants

7pm – 10 pm

The Hub, Easton Street, High Wycombe, HP11 1NJ

Tuesday 11thDecember

First Aid for those who are happy to be a first aider on shift

7 pm – 10 pm

The Hub, Easton Street, High Wycombe, HP11 1NJ