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Will you support an Emergency Shelter for the homeless this winter?

Support volunteers needed for Launchpad Reading

Will you support an Emergency Shelter for the homeless this winter?
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Each winter when the temperature falls below freezing, Launchpad and our partners provide emergency shelter for rough sleepers in Reading.

This strategy, the Severe Weather Emergency Provision (S.W.E.P.), provides a hot meal, warm clothes, a space to wash, and a warm, safe place to sleep when it’s most needed.

We need Volunteers to join our rolling on-call rota for an evening each week. When S.W.E.P. activates, the Volunteers will sign in, chat with and generally make the S.W.E.P. users feel welcome at the Shelters.

Volunteers should be warm, friendly people; good listeners; able to remain calm under pressure and happy to be called upon at relatively short notice.

The Volunteers will receive a bespoke Volunteers’ Guide, basic training and an on site Induction. Volunteering will be at Town Centre locations, with free parking available. Reasonable Travel Expenses will be paid.

S.W.E.P. is temperature dependent. Volunteers will be allocated an evening on a rolling on-call rota, and will only be called upon when S.W.E.P. is activated.

Organisation
Contact person firstname
Jonjo Warrick, Volunteer Coordinator
Lastname
Contact person's position
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
9 October 2017

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