The 365 Shelter offers a safe alternative to a night on the streets to up to fifteen people who would otherwise be sleeping rough.
The shelter is a partnership with St Mungo’s Street Outreach Team and the Quakers. It works in a pop-up style operating overnight from Bristol Central Quaker Meeting House. Guests at the shelter are referred to us by the Outreach Team following an initial assessment; where guests are found to have low support needs that can be met by a volunteer team, we’re an appropriate shelter for people to be referred to.
Every night, two of our brilliant volunteers open the shelter to our guests at 10.30pm, provide hot drinks and a welcoming environment to guests and then remain at the shelter until morning. By 8am, the shift is over and the building is returned to its normal use, until that evening, when we do it all again.
We ask volunteers joining the team to consider committing one night a month. Our inspirational volunteer team includes students, mid-career professionals and retired couples from a range of backgrounds, all of whom share a simple commitment to offering more than a night on the street to people sleeping rough in Bristol.
Join the volunteer team in four easy steps;
- Register your interest by filling a short application through our volunteering portal.
- Accept our invitation to join an induction, where you’ll learn about the building, the project and the role of volunteers.
- Shadow two of our existing team to see how the shelter runs in real time.
- Assure yourself – and us! – that you know all you need to know by completing a quick online quiz.
If you’re particularly keen to get involved, you could be volunteering with us just 72 hours from now – scroll down to the application button below to get started with step 1.