Severe weather shelter volunteers needed

Published: Monday, 02 December 2019

Northampton Borough Council is seeking volunteers to help run Northampton’s severe weather shelter for rough sleepers.

The temporary shelter, also referred to as SWEP (Severe Weather Emergency Protocol) operates from the Hope Centre in Oasis House, for men and women who are sleeping rough in Northampton when the local overnight temperature falls to 0ºC or below and the Met Office forecasts that freezing temperatures will continue for at least three consecutive nights.

The Borough Council, in consultation with local homelessness services, decides when SWEP should operate by monitoring the Met Office’s weather forecasts and considers any weather (including extreme cold, wind and rain) that is likely to increase the risk of serious harm to people sleeping rough.

Committed, friendly and approachable individuals are needed to assist the staff team while the shelter is open. Two shifts are available:

Evening shift: 8.30pm to 11.15pm
Morning shift: 6am to 7.30am

Volunteer responsibilities for the evening shift will include preparing the building, welcoming and registering guests, serving refreshments and hot food, and providing guests with information, companionship and encouragement.

Throughout the morning shift, volunteers will help to wake the guests, serve breakfast, provide them with advice and information, manage their departure and ensure that the building is left clean and tidy.

Find out more and register to be a volunteer.