Hackney Winter Night Shelter

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Winter Wednesday Shelter at St Mary’s Stoke Newington

This is a page for Night Shelter volunteers only.
Please don’t share the link to this page with anyone else.

Hackney Winter Night Shelter operates at St Mary’s New Church Rooms in Stoke Newington on Wednesday nights after Christmas until the end of March each winter. This winter (2018-2019) our first night will be Wednesday January 2nd 2019 and our last night will be 27th March. We usually provide supper for 25 people (around 20 men and 5 women), and then 15 people stay with us overnight and leave after breakfast (the other 10 people go to another church hall to sleep).

On Wednesday evening/Thursday morning we need volunteers to help in different roles:

•   Setting up beds, welcoming our guests and serving supper (6:30pm – 9:30pm)
•   Cooking supper – we aim to serve supper at 8pm
•   Staying overnight (9:30pm – 8am)
•   Cooking breakfast (Thursday morning, 6:30am-8am)
•   Clearing up in the morning (Thursday morning, 7am – 8:15am)
•   Sandwiches: making sandwiches for guests to take away
•   Laundry Drop-off: taking sheets etc to the launderette
•   Laundry Collection: collecting washed sheets etc from the launderette a few days later

We use an online rota to organise who is doing what at the shelter. The rota is here (click this link): WEDNESDAY ROTA. We also use an email list to keep in touch. See below for more details of how to volunteer.

Volunteer team coordinator

Jonathan Gebbie is the Volunteer Team Coordinator.
email: jonathan.gebbie@hwns.org.uk
tel: 07949-169583
I’m a volunteer too – I do this in my spare time! – so please bear with me if it takes me a while to respond. I try to be at the Night Shelter every Wednesday evening so hopefully I will meet most of the volunteer team at some point.

Night Shelter location

The Wednesday evening shelter is at St Mary’s New Church Rooms, behind St Mary’s Church, Stoke Newington Church Street, N16 9ES. It’s the big Victorian church opposite Clissold Park. From Church Street, go 25m down Spensley Walk past the west end of the church, and turn left through the gates into the Rectory driveway, and the New Church Rooms are ahead of you at the top of the drive – see map below, or use this Google maps link: https://goo.gl/maps/MTaKCaL4xvK2


Bus routes: 73, 476 and 393 go down Stoke Newington Church Street.

As you go in the driveway, St Mary’s New Church Rooms are at the top of the drive in front of you. There is car parking space available in the drive.


Address of the hall (not for correspondence):
St Mary’s New Church Rooms (behind St Mary’s Church)
Stoke Newington Church Street
N16 9ES


If you are looking at this page, you should have been in touch with our Volunteer Team Coordinator. If not, and you would like to volunteer, please get in touch before you sign up (contact details above).

General guidelines for volunteering:

•  Sign up on our online rota here (click this link): WEDNESDAY ROTA. You just click in the box for the shift you want to do, and fill in your name. This rota uses Google Docs – on some devices you may need to install an app to use it. If you use the Chrome browser, you should be OK. Let me know if you have any problems with it.

•  Please only sign up for shifts you are sure you can do. If you subsequently find out you can’t do your shift, please take your name off the rota as soon as possible, and if it’s less than a week to go before the shift, let me know by email that you can’t be there.

•  Please try to arrive on time for your shift. If you know you’re not going to be there on time, please put the times you will be there on the rota e.g. A.N.Example (7pm-9pm) – and let me know if it’s close to the day of your shift.

•  Read the VOLUNTEER HANDBOOK and make sure you understand what is expected of your volunteering role.

•  Go to a volunteer training session – HWNS runs evening training sessions, and sometimes during the day on a Saturday. I’ll send round details when I hear of training sessions being organised.

I try to let everyone know how things are going periodically, and you should receive a reminder email a few days before your shift. The basic rule is: keep in touch, and let me know of any difficulties or crises that might stop you being able to volunteer.

Office address (for correspondence only, do not call):
Hackney Winter Night Shelter
Room 3, The Round Chapel Old School Rooms
2 Powerscroft Road
London E5 0PU

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