The Dover Winter Night Shelter runs through the coldest three months of the year. Opening on 1st December and supported by Christians Together in Dover, seven churches share the task of housing the homeless people of Dover.
Manned mainly by volunteers, though administered by a Manager, alongside two Co-ordinators, the Winter Night Shelter provides a warm, family atmosphere, a hot evening meal, a bed for the night and breakfast in the morning. We have found that by not bothering our guests with all the things which usually happen, or get discussed, at the Outreach Centre during the day, they are able to feel the full benefit of ‘home’ (something many of them may never have experienced in its fullest sense before) This has a dramatic effect on our guests’ wellbeing, which each year, has translated into positive changes of lifestyle towards the end of the Winter Night Shelter period. More people are housed, or choose to enter rehabilitation programmes, during this period than over the whole of rest of the year. This is a direct result of people having, not just their basic needs, but also their psychological needs met.
We have a small army of amazing volunteers who help with this project, but we are always happy to see more to ease the burden on everyone. Each night’s session is split into three shifts 18.00 to 22.00, 22.00 to 06.00 and 06.00 to 08.00 The overnight session is further divided so that every volunteer gets half a night’s sleep. No-one is asked to work more than one shift per week.
If you would be interested in helping out at the Winter Night Shelter during the 2018-2019 Winter, please do email us before the end of October: firstname.lastname@example.org There is a mandatory training session to be completed by all volunteers, even those who have volunteered with us in the past so that current health and safety, food hygiene and local procedures are adhered to.
We estimate the cost of running the Winter Night Shelter in 2018/ 19 to be in the region of £30,000, the bulk of this being Coordinator employment costs, but also includes bedding, food and venue expenses. If you would like to donate our bank details are as follows:
Reliance Bank Acc. Name: Dover Outreach Winter Night Shelter Acc. No: 00218510 Sort Code: 60-01-73
If you are a taxpayer please download the Gift Aid form, complete it and return to our office address.