Canterbury Community Shelter Volunteer Talk on Wednesday 13th December

We will be hosting an induction for the Canterbury Community Winter Shelter on Wednesday 13th December, 2.30-4pm on the Canterbury North Holmes campus (room tbc).

The induction is open to all students and staff who are interested in volunteering at the shelter over the next few months.

In particular, we are looking for volunteers to sign-up for shifts during the University’s Personal Development Week (22-27th January) as part of our Christ Church Community Days on 24th and 25th January 2018.

About the Shelter

The shelter (open December 1, 2017 to February 28, 2018) has been running for the past eight years in Canterbury, providing a safe place for rough sleepers to stay overnight in the coldest months of the year. There are seven local churches who host the shelter, each on a different night of the week and who rely on the support of volunteers to keep the shelter running smoothly.

There are a variety of roles from Kitchen Volunteers who cook a supper for the guests, to Evening Volunteers to play board games and chat to guests.  Overnight Volunteers stay overnight at the church venues to support the paid Shelter staff and Bedding Volunteers who use their own transport to help with transporting the bedding between the different church venues.

Who can volunteer

These volunteering roles may be of particular interest to students who study Sociology, Occupational Therapy, Social Work or Policing and are looking to gain work experience that will develop their skills and knowledge. BUT absolutely anyone is welcome to come along – the most important qualities are a desire to get involved and make a difference.

What to bring

If you are coming to the Volunteer Talk, please bring photo ID with you to the induction in order to complete the necessary paperwork. Volunteers do not require a DBS check. Email to book a place.

More about the Christ Church Community Days

As part of Personal Development Week (22 -27 January 2018), we will be joining up with several local charities to offer taster sessions for students and staff who would like to give volunteering a go.

As part of our work with Catching Lives, we are also hoping to offer a crafting afternoon at the Canterbury Open Centre, creating products to sell in the Catching Lives Bookshop. There will also be an opportunity to work a shift at the bookshop, which is housed in Canterbury’s quirkiest building, The Crooked House!

A detailed programme of activities will be available shortly, so that students and staff to book but in the meantime, if you have any ideas or would like to get involved, please email Lucy Woodward  Employment and Enterprise Manager (Volunteering, Community and Third Sector)

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