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Safe Shelter for homeless men seeks volunteers

By Canfan - 25 February 2015 0

Safe Shelter, which provides overnight shelter for homeless men during winter, is looking for volunteers to undergo training and to staff the shelters this coming winter.

Volunteers must be at least 18-years-old, have completed the two-night training course, hold a Working With Vulnerable People (WWVP) card, and be willing to spend a minimum of one night per month staffing a shelter between 27 April and 1 October. They select their own nights to work in the shelters where they operate in teams of three or four, opening the shelters at 7.00 pm and leaving by 7.00 am. Volunteers sleep on the foor of the shelter, as do the guests.

Training for potential volunteers will start on 31 March. There will be six training courses available to choose from before 27 April, all run in Braddon. Each training evening starts at 7.00 pm and fnishes at 9.00 pm. After they have completed their course, trainees are asked to decide whether they wish to volunteer to work in Safe Shelter.

The current shelter at St Columba’s Uniting Church, Braddon. It will operate for three nights each week between 27 April and 1 October.

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