Winter Night Shelter @ St James's
The winter shelter operates over the coldest winter months and is run by volunteers and members of our church community. St James's is one of several churches taking part in this project which is coordinated by Westminster Churches Winter Shelter.
The homeless men and women who come to the shelter - our guests - are referred by an intermediate agency; it is not a drop-in service. A hot evening meal is provided, a warm place to sleep and breakfast in the morning. To contact the St James's co-ordinator Debbie, use the contact form (right).
Come and See . . . Saturday 12 November 2016 from 9.30am-1.00pm
Do you enjoy good food and good company? Then why not consider volunteering to help staff and/or support our 2016/2017 Winter Shelter (part of the Westminster Churches and Synagogue Winter Shelter scheme)? Every Tuesday from 6th December to 30th May, we will be welcoming guests and providing hot food, a safe space in which to relax, overnight accommodation in the church and then breakfast.
The hospitality we provide is an essential part of our life here at St James’s. There’s also a lot of fun to be had and some great people to meet – guests and fellow volunteers alike. Volunteering does not mean you have to come every Tuesday (or even any Tuesday!) or stay overnight – there’s a whole raft of shifts and tasks. If you are at all interested, please note Saturday 12 November in your diaries. To volunteer at the shelter, you must attend the training session. This applies to all volunteers, returning or new.
If you’d like to get involved, please email Debbie O’Brien at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and contact details. If you’re unable to attend the training session please let Debbie know as we will look at doing a follow up.
WINTER SHELTER VOLUNTEER APPLICATION FORM
for December 2016-May 2017 season
Marcus, a new volunteer with the Winter Shelter, reports on the experience (January 2016/PDF)