Many people find that they would like to do something constructive to help other people
and one way of doing this is to give time to work with a particular charity.

In fact you could say that it is one of the 
most important ways of helping.

If you want to help out at Colchester Night 
Shelter the first thing to do is to telephone 
01206 549885 or e-mail to come in for a 
visit and have a look around.


Helpful visitors:

If you like what you see and think you 
want to give it go, all you have to do at 
first is to sign up to come in for an evening 
which suits you and help out with some
food preparation and practical tasks.

Often this is what many of our volunteers do.
In order to continue to do this, all you need 
to be trained in is food safety and practical 
advice about our kitchen as it is a catering kitchen rather than a normal domestic one. 
You can sign up for this work as often as 
you like. You can come in once a week or
once a month. The frequency and day is 
up to you.


There are however some of our volunteers 
who want to become more involved with
the work we do with residents and they 
need to have a more thorough going training which covers things like protection against abuse, confidentiality project policies conflict management and so forth. This training is
given free by the Shelter at a time when it is convenient for you.

Now the ball is in your court. So please give
us a ring and come in and have a look around.

What else do I need to know?

The Night Shelter needs volunteers and helpful visitors to be at the Shelter at 7 pm at the latest for evening work and at 12.15 pm for the volunteering Sunday afternoon. Helpful visitors are expected to stay for a couple of hours until the kitchen has been cleared. Volunteers will be staying a little longer as there might be client related tasks to be performed after 9 pm.

We cannot accept anyone who is under the age of 18 years.

All helpful visitors and volunteers will be reimbursed for their travel expenses if they choose to make a claim. Once you have decided to come in, you will be taken through an appropriate induction before you come in for your first evenings’ or Sunday afternoon’s session.

Click to download our Volunteers Application Form (pdf 125Kb)