Are you interested in helping with the Wellingborough Roving Night Shelter?
If so, please contact Valerie Anslow email <firstname.lastname@example.org> or phone her on 07870473270. This is what she writes:
“This time last year, SWEP took place at the Salvation Army Hall and then in November 2017 Wellingborough Borough Council decided to take SWEP inhouse. Since that time, the Wellingborough Homeless Forum has worked together to set up a Roving Night Shelter, with church halls and one community hall being used. The risk assessments and are insurance are all in place, the DBS and training of volunteers, policies and procedures have been arranged by Support Northants. We are ready to go once the Beast from the East has blown itself out. BUT we do need more volunteers.
Support Northants have been undertaking the training and DBS checking. If you have a current DBS for your church AND you offer to volunteer at your church, then you will not need another DBS and training can be undertaken on the job. There will be a file of policies and procedures in each venue. If you want to volunteer for another church then contact Pratima.Dattani@catch-22.org.uk and she will arrange a DBS check. These are being returned in 5 days which is a quick turn around.
Each shelter has a co-ordinator who will be in touch with volunteers and be there at the start of their first shift to ensure everyone is ok with procedures.
The shelters are –
Sunday – URC This is covered by volunteers from that church.
Monday – St. Marks 9.45 pm – 7.30 am
Tuesday – Embankment Club 9.45 pm – 8 am
Wednesday – Embankment Club 9.45 pm – 8 am
Thursday – All Saints – 9.45 pm – 7.30 am
Friday – All Hallows – 9.45 pm – 8 am
Saturday – Mill Rd Baptist – 9.45 pm – 8 am
The first shift will be from 7 to 10.15 pm when guests will be registered and food provided, giving a half hour hand over period when volunteers can pass over any important information and ensure all is ok. The doors to the shelter will close at 10.30 pm.
Not surprisingly there are more gaps in the rota for the second shift, but any offers of help would be appreciated, especially overnight shifts.
This is a pilot project lasting no more than 6 or 8 weeks, when the processes and procedures will be reviewed, with the view to setting up a more permanent shelter next winter. Thank you.”