Our shelters take place across 16 venues across Haringey and Enfield with 12 bed spaces per night in each borough. They offer a welcoming rest, respite and relaxation. Our shelters currently run from December to March in Haringey and January to April in Enfield. Each venue offers a warm welcome with a drink and cake, an evening meal, bed and breakfast. Many also provide a packed lunch for guests. On average we harness an average of 15,000 voluntary hours across both boroughs.
If you want to volunteer in one of our shelters venues, please email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) and tell us which borough you would like to help in, which shift you are interested in and whether it is evening, overnight, morning or cooking and we can put you in touch with the venue directly.
Each shelter takes three shifts and a total of 15 people to cover one session.
6.30pm -9.30/10.00pm Evening Shift
1. Open up and start preparing a hot meal (this might be ordered in or produced off site). Set up tables and chairs, put up and make beds. Check toilets for cleanliness, soap and towels. Check the security of premises regarding doors to be locked or opened
6. 7.15pm The whole team gets together for a briefing. This is a good time to introduce new volunteers.The Shelter Coordinators/ Venue Coordinator will pass on any concerns from the previous night and any necessary information about new guests. Jobs allotted to volunteers.
7. 7.30pm Doors open. Shelter Coordinators/ Venue Coordinator will book guests in for the night. Volunteers show new guests round and serve tea and coffee Around 7.45 volunteers and guests enjoy a hot meal served together. Then its time to wash and tidy up after the meal. Some guest like to take part in social activities e.g. draughts, jigsaws, dominoes, Quiz Night etc. Volunteers meet again for debrief and prepare for handover to overnight volunteers usually by 10.00 pm
9.30/10.00pm – 6.30/7.00am Night Shift
The volunteer members of the night shift arrive, secure the building and make sure everyone is comfortable and settled in for the night. 11pm its lights out. We urge all volunteers to ensure quiet. It is perfectly fine to chat amongst yourselves but remember guests are probably exhausted and need to sleep and many may find it difficult to do so. All guests should adhere to lights out and quiet. There should be a volunteer awake, in case of need. Volunteers usually take turns to be awake for about 2 hours and then they can sleep in a separate room set aside for the volunteers. You may prefer to bring your own sleeping bag but one will be provided if you do not wish to. 6.30am its hand over to the early birds of the Morning shift and make them aware of any concerns.
6.30-8.30am Morning shift
Prepare drinks such as tea and coffee and make breakfast. 7 – 7.30 it’s wake up time for the guests. Breakfast is served. Guests are encouraged to clear up their own bedding. before leaving the premises by 8.30am. The team then wash and tidy up church premises (inc toilets), take bedding away for laundering (or pass on to laundry volunteers) and then secure the building.
If you would like more information about becoming volunteer, please email email@example.com
If you see someone sleeping rough, you can contact StreetLink which exists to help end rough sleeping by enabling members of the public to connect people sleeping rough with the local services that can support them.
If you are concerned about someone sleeping rough in England or Wales, you can use the streetlink.org.uk to send an alert to StreetLink.
The details you provide are sent to the local authority or outreach service for the area in which you have seen the person, to help them find the individual and connect them to support.
How does it work?
They will ask you to register and then provide the following information:
1) A specific location for the rough sleeping site. You can do this by using a map to pinpoint the exact location and then providing a written description of the location.
2) Details of the time that the rough sleeper has been seen at the location.
3) Any information about the rough sleeper that will help find them (gender, approximate age, what the person looks like, what they are wearing).
You will receive details of the action the local authority normally takes when they are told someone is sleeping rough in their area and an update on what has happened as a result of your alert within 10 working days if you have requested it.