For the last 3 years, Manna House has coordinated a Winter Shelter project in Kendal.
Following a model now used across the country, churches in Kendal offer their premises overnight to the project and teams of volunteers take it in turn to provide an evening meal, bed and breakfast to people who would otherwise have to spend the night on the street in the coldest months of the year.
This year the Kendal Shelter will be open once again from the beginning of December to the end of February and we have managed to fit 6 different church venues into the weekly schedule (2 more offered but we sadly couldn’t fit them in on the nights they had available).
To use the Shelter, clients have first to visit Manna House, talk to one of our advisors about their situation and sign a guest agreement, after which they are given identification and a map by which to find the Shelter for that night. Our intention is not just to provide one-off shelter but to begin to help people to find a way out of their situation and into stable housing, as well as offering access to other relevant support, for example with alcohol or substance misuse.
Last year we had a team of over 60 volunteers from all churches and none, and from Kendal as well as the surrounding area, to cover the 7 nights of each week. Help was also given in kind by other churches in the form of food, bedding and other vital supplies.
We are enormously grateful to everyone who took part but we are always looking for more volunteers. (Compulsory training is provided for new recruits every year.) If you think you might be interested in being an evening volunteer, a breakfast volunteer, or an overnight volunteer (we work in pairs), or would just like to find out more about how you, or your organisation, could help in other ways, please download the information below, email the Winter Shelter Coordinator or ring 01539 725534 and talk to Lois. If you are sure you’d like to volunteer, please just fill out the application form and send it back!
Winter Shelter Volunteer Application Form (Word file)
Winter Shelter Volunteer Application Form (PDF file)