Winter Night Shelter MK writes:

“Thank you to the MK Citizen for highlighting our urgent need for more volunteers to come forward in order for us to be able to open the night shelter next month (click here). For the first time ever we are in a situation where we have a waiting list that exceeds every available bed space, due to rising levels of need, and not enough volunteers in place to be able to open our doors yet.

If you are in a position to give a few hours on a regular basis this winter to join one of our friendly and committee teams, this is the time to sign up. We have daily volunteer opportunities available in our evening reception café (at Unity Park Station in central Milton Keynes), in the overnight venues (in Wolverton, Bletchley, Coffee Hall and Newport Pagnell) and in the morning welcome service (at Unity Park Station). Roles include setting up and making beds, meet and greeting, drinks preparation, cooking and kitchen help, food service, night duty, cleaning, packing down, laundry and more.

You can sign up via the forms available on the volunteer page of our website:

We understand that many people are rightly cautious about Covid. Through 2020 and 2021 we have been able to continue face-to-face work with guests by ensuring we closely manage our Covid 19 transmission risks. Over the last year we have worked closely with the local public health team and we have put in place a number of measures that are much more rigorous than the general guidance in place across the UK (see the information on our website for more details). We believe these measures will be important to ensure we can continue to be there for all of our guests this season, who need emergency accommodation during the coldest months of the year.

If you are not in a position to volunteer with us we would ask that you consider making a donation to support our work to provide a safe haven for the homeless during the coldest months of the year. We are a charity relying on kind donations and fundraising from individuals and organisations in our community.

Thank you.”