Volunteers wanted for Farm Street Church's night shelter

This is the text of an appeal from Scott McCoombe, Parish Administrator, Farm Street

This winter Farm Street Church will be resuming its mission to open its doors and welcoming up to fifteen homeless guests into the church hall.

We will be one of fourteen local churches taking part in this programme and each church has been allocated one night to host the homeless guests. Farm Street's Night Shelter will be open on a Monday, beginning 5th October. As there is such a good number of volunteer churches, the project will last for eight months, with Farm Street being allocated four of these in October, November, April and May.

The homeless guests are sent through a referral system from the West London Day Centre and each church on their allocated night will provide a meal and basic accommodation throughout the night.  For Farm Street, this means up to fifteen guests sleeping in the church hall.

In trialling this project in April and May, the success of the project was dependent on our volunteers. To ensure a continued success we urgently need volunteers, both for the evening and overnight. In a typical evening, all volunteers will arrive by 6.30pm. At approximately 8pm, a hot meal will be served up for guests and volunteers (no cooking will be required). The evening volunteers will leave at approximately 10pm, and four night volunteers will stay overnight. I think everybody who volunteered genuinely felt that it made a huge difference in the lives of both our guests and the volunteers. Guests will have their lights out by 11pm and rise at 6.30am. They will be provided with tea and a simple breakfast before departing at 8.30am. Volunteers will be provided with beds and, while a shift system operates throughout the night, can be fairly confident of a good night’s sleep.

To find out more:

Whether you volunteered last time or are interested to find out more, come to a reception in Farm Street on Thursday 24 September 2015 at 7pm. Wine and light refreshments will be served.

If you volunteered at the trial we want to thank you. If you are interested in helping this year, come and find out more from those who have already done it. In between time have a think about what dates you might be able to assist with so you come prepared.

Add the reception on Thursday 24 September at 7pm to your diary and email me if you can come.  If you cannot make the evening but would still like to volunteer, please let me know. Likewise if you have never volunteered for a project like this before, please consider coming along to this reception and finding out how you can help. We will need all the help we can get.

I commend this project to you and hope any of you will be able to lend a hand.

In companionship and prayer