Catching Lives’ 2016/17 Canterbury Community Shelter will be running from 1st December 2016- 28th February 2017.
We are using 7 church venues around Canterbury (one for each night of the week) which have kindly allowed us to stay overnight to provide bed spaces for rough sleepers to shelter from the cold weather and also work with staff/volunteers to find more permanent housing.
To help the shelter run smoothly, we require a strong team of volunteers to carry out a variety of evening or overnight roles:
• Kitchen volunteers to cook supper for the shelter guests at Canterbury Open Centre. (5-7:30pm).
• Evening volunteers to chat to the guests, play board games, make tea etc., at the church venues (7-10pm) and at Canterbury Open Centre (5-7:30pm).
• Overnight volunteers to support the paid staff at the church venues (can bring bedding and sleep if desired) (10pm-7:30am).
• Bedding volunteers with their own transport to take bedding to and from the church venues (mornings at 7:45am and evenings at 7pm).
Alternatively you can pop in to Canterbury Open Centre to complete one (13 Station Road East).
volunteer induction sessions
Secondly, we are holding volunteer induction sessions for new volunteers on the below dates (all cover same information so you only need to attend one).
(If you have volunteered before, they are still useful to attend if you are free as it provides an update and reminder of how everything works).
Saturday 5th November 2:30-4:30pm
Saturday 12th November 2:30-4:30pm
Friday 18th November 6:00-8:00pm
-Please email us to let us know which session you will be attending.
-All sessions are at our daycentre, Canterbury OpenCentre (13 Station Road East, Canterbury, CT1 2RB (opposite snooker club)). Unfortunately we do not have any onsite parking.
-Please bring a form of ID (such as a driver’s license or passport).
Please note– If you haven’t volunteered before and cannot make any of these sessions we will need to arrange a time for you to pop to our centre to chat to a member of staff about the volunteering role as all new volunteers require an induction (so you can still volunteer even if you are unable to attend the induction evenings).
Get involved in other ways
There are many other ways for people to support us with the shelter, such as through fundraising (we can provide you with help to organise events, items to do it and will do our best to pop along to any events that are organised!).
The number of clients accessing our day centre rises every year and on the 1st February 2016 we experienced our busiest day on record when we saw 62 clients walk through our door.The latest official figures published show that the number of people rough sleeping in England has doubled since 2010 and the figure reported for autumn 2015 in Canterbury was 47 rough sleepers.
Canterbury Community Shelter can continue to make a difference with local people (such as our volunteers, donors or supporters) making real and measurable inroads on a local level, to a national problem. We couldn’t do it without your support.
If you would like any further information about the Canterbury Community Shelter you can email email@example.com for details.