The Night Shelter depends on the hard work of many volunteers who are organised into three shifts. Firstly from 7.20 pm to 10 pm during which a hot meal is served. The night shift is on from 10 pm to 6.30 am when the guests are able to sleep in sleeping bags on camp beds. The Breakfast shift is on duty from 6.30 am to 8.00 am during which a cooked breakfast is served to the guests after which the guests pack up their beds and leave for the day.
We have a team of managers who are on duty overnight to assist the volunteers in providing a welcoming and safe environment for the guests.
Churches taking part are encouraged to provide suitable facilities for the guests to wash and to have a shower and should have a washer-dryer available to allow guests to launder their clothes. Please consider how you can upgrade your buildings.
We will need more night and morning shift volunteers to help us at the Night Shelter. If you would like to help please click on the Application Form button at the top of this page. The form can then be sent to your printer. Please fill in the form and send it to us. This can be done by scanning in the document and sending it to us as an email attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also just print it off, fill it in and post it to Pilgrim Hearts at 24 Yorkshire Place, Bracknell RG42 3XE.
Volunteer training will take place starting in November 2018. This training will be at each participating church in the evening usually at 7.30pm on their day of opening as a Night Shelter and is a chance for all the volunteers to meet up and discuss the coming winters programme.
Each volunteer will receive a handbook which sets out how the Pilgrim Hearts Night Shelter is to be run so that each church works in the same way and all the guests know what is expected of them and what will be available for them.