Northampton nightshelter would like your help this winter

A person in a sleeping bag outside Eastbourne Citizens Advice
A person in a sleeping bag outside Eastbourne Citizens Advice

Northampton’s Nightshelter is currently recruiting volunteers to support its guests during opening hours.

The night shelter, which is operated by Northampton Borough Council, provides short-term, emergency shelter for up to 20 men who are sleeping rough, or at imminent risk of sleeping rough in Northampton.

Every night of the year, between 9pm and 9am, the shelter provides somewhere safe, warm and dry, with meals and other facilities provided free of charge.

All volunteers are offered comprehensive training, one to one and team support, and will be joined by a member of staff during their shift.

Duties will include serving and preparation of meals, light cleaning and most importantly, talking to guests of the shelter.

The role is suitable for anyone who enjoys working with people with a range of needs, is friendly and approachable, non- judgemental, a good listener, and can commit to one or more shifts per fortnight on a rota basis.

Shifts are available from 8.30pm – 10.45pm, 10.30pm- 7am and 6.45am – 9.30am.

Councillor Stephen Hibbert, Cabinet member for housing, said: “We are committed to ending the need for people to sleep rough in Northampton, and we are looking for ordinary people who want to make an extraordinary difference.

“Your support could help to restore people’s trust, offer hope and encouragement, rebuild lives and change them for the better.”

The night shelter is not a direct access shelter, so guests are only admitted if they have been risk assessed and meet the access criteria.

During its first 18 months of operation, 220 homeless men spent an average of three weeks in the night shelter, and more than 150 of these men were helped to move on into settled accommodation.

To find out more and apply, go to www.northampton.gov.uk/northamptonnightshelter