Before volunteering you may want to read the notes below to help you understand what is involved
When you’ve done that you can download the form by clicking here
Objectives for Temporary Winter Night Shelter
To provide supervised overnight accommodation to homeless and vulnerable people who would otherwise be rough sleeping on the streets of Eastbourne, during the extreme winter months (December –February inclusive.)
We aim to provide a warm, safe and friendly environment between the hours of 7.00pm (doors open) and 8.00am (guests depart) This will involve mealtimes at evening and breakfast and a period of inter-acting with the guests during the evening. We expect to engage in a variety of activities, including games, dvds, quiz’s, singing and discussions. You may have a suggestion/idea to offer here…
All guests wishing to access the WNS for the first time are required to come through our Registration Process. Potential guests can be referred to us via the council, probabtion and oher agencies including Matthew 25 Mission, the Salvation Army, Fatfleshed Ministries, Foodbank and others.To access the WNS guests are invited to attend a short interview with the WNS referral team, Monday – Friday, 1pm – 3pm at Christ Church, Seaside, Eastbourne BN22 7NN. Specific interview times can be arranged by the referring agencies during these times on behalf of guests, or directly by guests, by calling the WNS telephone: 07932 407730.
For more details, including information for weekends, see the section on our Frequently Asked Questions page here.
Volunteers are invited from all Churches in the Eastbourne area, however, you may wish to organize a team from your own Church and provide your own continuity for a regular night etc. The Shelter will operate three shifts per night – Evening shift, (6:30pm-10:30pm) Night shift (10:30pm-7:15am) and Morning shift (7:15am-8:45am)
We require people with a willingness to serve in any capacity, i.e., catering, setting up, befriending, cleaning up in the morning, and volunteers willing to sleep overnight (2 per night)
We sincerely hope you will consider having an involvement with this much needed Ministry at whatever role and frequency you can, and we thank you for taking the time to read these notes.
If you attend any of the following churches you can volunteer via your own church – they will be making announcements about the project.
ALL SAINTS, GRANGE ROAD, BN21 4HE
ALL SOULS, SUSANS ROAD, BN21 3RJ
COMMUNITY CHURCH, ST. ANTHONY’S, SEASIDE, BN23 6NH
ELIM CHRISTIAN CENTRE, HARTFIELD ROAD, BN21 2ET
LIVING STONES COMMUNITY CHURCH, OCKLYNGE ROAD, BN21 1PY
OUR LADY OF RANSOM, MEADS ROAD, BN21 4EU
NEW HOPE BAPTIST CHURCH, BEACH ROAD, BN22 7EU
SALVATION ARMY, LANGNEY ROAD, BN22 8AQ
ST MARYS, CHURCH STREET, BN21 1PW
A volunteer form can be downloaded from here
Please return your completed Volunteer Form to:
WNS Project Co-ordinator
c/o 128 Royal Parade
You can email the Project Cooordinator or any of the church coordinators using the form on the Host Churches Page here