Can you support an Emergency Shelter in Reading this winter?

Support volunteers needed for Launchpad Reading

Can you support an Emergency Shelter in Reading this winter?
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Each winter during freezing weather, a group of organisations provide an emergency shelter in Reading for rough sleepers. The scheme, the Severe Weather Emergency Provision (SWEP), provides a hot meal, a space to wash and a safe, warm place to sleep when it’s most needed.

We need volunteers to sign up and be ‘on call’ for an evening each week on a rolling rota. When called upon, the Shelter Support Volunteers will be needed to sign in, chat with and generally make the SWEP clients feel welcome at the Shelters.

Volunteers should be warm and friendly with good listening skills and the ability to remain calm under pressure. Volunteers will need to be happy and able to be called upon at short notice.

The volunteers will receive a SWEP Volunteers Guide and an On-Site Induction. Volunteering will be at Town Centre locations and free parking is available. Reasonable Travel Expenses will be paid.

Please Note: SWEP is temperature dependent. When it is running, Volunteers on the rolling rota will be contacted on their specific day each week, to attend that evening.

Organisation
Contact person firstname
Jonjo
Lastname
Warrick
Contact person's position
Volunteer Coordinator
Their phone number?
01189 507 656

Location description
Reading Town Centre Locations
Wheelchair accessible?
Not specified
Car parking for the volunteer?
Yes
Secure bicycle parking?
Yes
Near public transport?
Yes
How much time?
A few hours a week
What times and days of the week?
Mon EVETue EVEWed EVEThu EVEFri EVESat EVESun EVE
Availability required
Any of these times
Additional timing details
To be on an 'on call' rota for a set day per week
Task type?
Support
Will suit someone like this:
Good sense of humourSociablePatientSupportiveCommunicator
Post suitable for supported volunteering?
No
Is training given?
Yes
Training description
On site induction at the venue as well as a SWEP Volunteer's Guide
Is support given?
Yes
Description of support
Induction, SWEP Volunteers Guide, Regular communication from SWEP Coordinator
Are expenses paid?
Yes
Description of expenses
Travel expenses will be paid
Will I need my own transportation?
No
Will the volunteer be CRB or DBS checked?
No
Are references required?
Yes
Will there be an interview?
No
Are they properly insured?
Yes
Minimum age
18
Do they need a specific gender?
No
How many volunteers needed?
28
Opportunity added on
23 October 2016