Winter Night Shelter - Volunteers needed!

Greater Together Manchester Night Shelter (GTMNS) are a charity set up by the Diocese of Manchester and Church Urban Fund. Their aim is to work with communities to tackle poverty and deprivation and bring about positive change in communities.  This winter they are providing night shelters within 2 miles of the city centre and St Edmund’s will be used as a venue for temporary accommodation for referred male guests from January to April, on a Monday night. They are, and we are looking for volunteers from all walks of life who can get involved with a variety of shelter tasks.

Working together with other organisations, GTMNS volunteers support people who would otherwise be sleeping on the streets. Their fantastic team of volunteers provide necessary respite and relaxation from the daily efforts homeless people face.

They engage with those on the edge of society reminding them that they are not alone and are part of a community.  As part of the relaxed and homely environment, GTMNS provides a meal of an evening and offers breakfast in the morning.

Bishop David writes…Through the Greater Manchester Winter Night Shelter, the Church is at the heart of providing support to some of the least fortunate in our society. It strikes me when I visit such projects that there is something very precious about the way that church workers and volunteers’ value and affirm the whole person, with their physical, mental and spiritual needs. 

One guest, who was in his late 60s and had been sleeping rough for more than a week, wrote to thank our volunteers saying, "I really cannot put into words the feelings I have regarding the way you and the rest of the gang have looked after and cared for us. The concern, thoughtfulness, and absolute love you have showered on us will live with me forever and from the bottom of my heart I thank you."

They are looking for volunteers from all walks of life who can get involved with a variety of shelter tasks.  Shifts are flexible to fit around many people's own commitments. Many of their guests have English as an additional language and can sometimes be limited. Knowledge of other languages and ability to communicate without English is very useful at times.  Applications are particularly encouraged from those with experience of cooking.

The role is suitable for those over the age of 18. 

The shelters run every night from October to April. 

Shift times are Morning - 6am - 9:30am;

Evening - 5:30pm - 10pm;

Overnight - 9:30pm - 6:30am. 

There is an application process to volunteer with GTMNS and it must be completed before attending a shelter. You will need to complete an online application form which will ask for 2 references.  When they have received satisfactory references, volunteers will be invited to introductory training either as part of a large group or a small one.  Once training is completed, volunteers are then added to a calendar and will be able to select their own shifts.

Online application https://timecounts.org/gtmanchester/assignments/2013

Or contact

Email: nightshelter@greatertogethermanchester

Tel: 0161 828 1400

 

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