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Volunteers offer a wide range of support – most volunteer one evening or one night a month.  Working in shifts to offer a service to our guests throughout the night.   The first shift prepares the venue, the second cooks and serves dinner and offers our guests conversation in a friendly environment.  Some then stay overnight as part of our overnight shift, and then a final shift arrives first thing to serve breakfast or help clear up. 

Volunteers are vital to the work we do and we recognise and value the huge contribution they make.  In return, we can offer you a rewarding experience by providing opportunities to contribute to combating homelessness.  To develop skills and experience of the homelessness sector within a positive, friendly and supportive environment.

We offer all our volunteers a training session with an induction pack and have in place a range of policies to ensure the safety and wellbeing of both guests and volunteers.  

Demand for volunteers fluctuates throughout the season.  If you are interested in volunteering at a shelter - thank you! Please get in touch and we can let you know what services we are recruiting for currently.

Please note all volunteers in the night shelter must be over 18.


Hackney Winter Night Shelter is a Hackney Doorways project. Registered Charity number 1139183 Company number 07064774
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