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!

Volunteers are needed again to sign up for the 2nd January to 31st March 2018 season.

WHC's volunteer database is now ready to receive details of your availability (if you volunteered before, 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 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 night 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!

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 or monthly – or maybe even just once in the season. All night shelter staffing is organised by the coordinators of the hosting churches.

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.

Night shelter training opportunities will be posted soon covering:

Induction session for new volunteers and update session with new information for existing volunteers

Food Hygiene – for all involved in food production, especially lead cooks. Certificates last for 3 years.

First Aid