Challenge Yourself: Night shelter desperately needs YOUR help

DENS urgently needs volunteers to help out at its night shelter
DENS urgently needs volunteers to help out at its night shelter

Homegrown charity DENS urgently needs willing and enthusiastic volunteers to help out at its night shelter.

DENS has been providing emergency accommodation at the permanent night shelter for 10 years and has expanded to run a day centre, offer move on accommodation, take on the rent aid deposit scheme and most recently to run a food bank offering emergency food parcels to people in crisis.

It also operates a furniture warehouse at charity shop from their base at Paradise in central Hemel.

The role of night shelter volunteer involves welcoming guests to the shelter and helping to prepare the evening meal.

After turning the dining room into a lounge for the evening, you’ll be able to spend some time getting to know the guests and helping to put them at their ease. Help is needed during the week and at weekends from 6.45pm until 10.45pm. Volunteers should be 18 or over.

Become a Home Visitor Volunteer with Dens and use your spare time making a real difference to the lives of homeless people.

Dens need volunteers to assist in interviewing potential clients, and visiting them in their tenancies. Full training is provided and you will be working alongside a resettlement officer. This opportunity is for Friday mornings weekly, monthly or whatever.

Dens also need volunteers who can help out behind the scenes. An eagle eye is required to sort donations for sale or for use by service users in their move on accommodation.

You will be working with a friendly team, receiving, unpacking and sorting donations brought in by the public. Very varied and interesting work...

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