The Dover Churches Winter Shelter project was in action last year around various churches in Dover and will be running again from 1st December 2016 to the end of February 2017, traditionally the coldest months of the year.
The hardships facing homeless people locally are bad enough without having to cope with the thought of trying to stay warm in the coldest months. That is why we have collectively brought together a group of churches who will work ecumenically to assist the vulnerable and homeless through these months by providing food and shelter, a listening ear, accommodation throughout the night and by providing a safe and comfortable place to sleep.
The aim of the Winter Shelter project is simply to cater for people who are homeless, vulnerable, socially isolated and lonely and we do this by providing supervised, overnight accommodation to those who would otherwise be sleeping roughduring the harshest of winter months.
As well as providing temporary emergency accommodation our Winter Shelters also provide:
- A safe and friendly environment
- Warmth and friendship
- A listening ear
- Caring non-judgemental volunteers
- Referrals to our Outreach Centre
- Links to support agencies
- Support to find permanent accommodation
- Pathways to employment
Throughout the months that the shelter runs the volunteers provide the necessary staffing essential to its smooth running. The role of a volunteer is not just dedicated to engaging and chatting to guests but also to preparing the hall, helping with the cooking, staying overnight and clearing up the next morning – the details of the three shifts are below.
- Welcome team from 6pm to 10pm, to include provision and serving of an evening meal
- Overnight team from 10pm to 6am
- Breakfast/clear-up team from 6am to 8am.
If anyone is interested in volunteering could they please let Lisa Fox, our Winter Shelter Coordinator, know by email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Please click below to download the application documents.
The following videos are taken from the Housing Justice website. We will be using their Winter Shelter model.