The WNSMK relies on a body of around 900 volunteers over the season. Could you join us?

A note on volunteering in Winter 2020-21: 

Our winter accommodation provision this year will necessarily be different from our usual model. Due to Covid-19 a roaming communal shelter with teams of volunteers at different locations across the city is not viable at this time. However, we are committed to ensuring we can help the homeless this winter in a way that is safe for our guests, volunteers and staff. We are in the process of undertaking a comprehensive review of all our operations in light of changing guidance from central and local government, Public Health England and agencies in the sector. When we are ready to launch our winter operations details will be announced here and on our Facebook page.

What can I do?

Every day throughout a regular winter season we require teams of volunteers at our reception café and our accommodation venues. There are many different roles, both interacting with our guests and supporting behind the scenes.

  • Cooking
  • Supporting our welfare team
  • Greeting and chatting
  • Serving food
  • Laundry
  • Listening
  • Washing up
  • Making cups of tea
  • Eating together
  • Packing up
  • Making beds
  • Meal planning
  • Overnight supervision
  • Driving

Meals are catered for both volunteers and guests, and dinners/breakfasts are shared together.

Night owls and early risers are always especially needed.

Application Form for Venue Volunteers

Application Form for Reception Café Volunteers

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic our volunteering opportunities may look a little different this winter. When details are available they will be detailed here on the website. If you have any general volunteering related enquiries please contact opsassistant@winternightsheltermk.com.

Reception café and base for daytime support services:
Unity Park Station (formerly The Old Bus Station), 401 Elder Gate, Milton Keynes, MK9 1LR.

Registered office:
The Ridgeway Centre, Featherstone Road, Wolverton Mill South, Milton Keynes, MK12 5TH.

Charity Reference No. 1149480
Registered Company No. 08232340