Helpers needed

To prepare for the possibility of activating SWEP, we are in the process of recruiting as many volunteers as possible so that rough sleepers can be provided with a safe and warm place to stay and receive support.

Please circulate the following information to all of your contacts who may wish to support when SWEP is activated.

When the overnight temperature in Northampton falls to 0ºC or below and the Met Office forecasts that the freezing temperatures will continue for at least three consecutive nights, this is likely to increase the risk of serious harm to people sleeping rough.  So, a temporary shelter will operate from the Hope Centre in Oasis House for men and women who are sleeping rough in Northampton and have registered for the scheme.

DONATIONS FOR SWEP Donations of food and warm clothing are always welcome so, if you would like to make donations when SWEP is operational, please contact Tara Scarth (our Single Homelessness Pathway Manager): 01604 838 416 scarth@northampton.gov.uk

VOLUNTEER TO HELP Committed, friendly and approachable individuals are currently being sought to assist the staff team while the shelter is open.

Two shifts are available:

Evening shift: 8.30pm to 11.15pm Volunteer responsibilities will include preparing the building, welcoming and registering guests, serving refreshments and hot food, and providing guests with information companionship and encouragements

Morning shift: 6.00am to 7.30am Volunteers will help to awaken the guests, serve breakfast, provide guests with advice and information, manage the guests’ departure and ensure that the building is left in a clean and tidy condition

To find out more and register to be a volunteer visit: www.northampton.gov.uk/swep

Kallie Jones | Rough Sleepers Co-ordinator

Mob:  07717 733 034     |   Office:  01604 838 445

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