Our Volunteers

We are deeply grateful for the contribution of the many individuals and teams of volunteers who help at the Joel Community Night Shelter. Whether running an evening shift at the shelter, cooking nutritious meals, helping with maintenance or administrative duties; volunteers are crucial to the day-to-day success of the Night Shelter. 


In 2017 we estimate that around 100 different volunteers came through our doors, of whom a core of 75 people from local churches helped as part of a regular team running the shelter during its hours of operation. This involved opening up, cooking wholesome evening meals, socializing and eating with guests and providing a listening ear, doing the night shift and supporting guests and staff at breakfast time.

We welcome new volunteers, whether a church team willing to commit to a minimum of one shift each month, or individuals wishing to join an existing team. There are three volunteer shifts every day: the evening meal shift from 6.15pm to 9.45pm, the night shift from 9.45pm to 6.45am and the breakfast shift from 6.45am to 8.15am.


Chris and Elspeth Coke have been volunteering every Monday evening at the Joel Community Night Shelter since March 2014. They said, "At first we weren't sure we would cope but we’ve grown in confidence and really enjoy people’s company - we actually feel a sense of bereavement when people leave to move-on." Chris added, "These relationships are really valuable, just as valuable as any other friendships we’ve made." For Elspeth the highlight of volunteering is all the good conversations around the table, "It's great to be able to share our experiences, realising that we've all had problems in our lives and that we all need others to help us."

Both agree that it's wonderful to be part of such a caring community, "The sense of love among guests is very heart-warming. People are very caring when someone is ill or in trouble." Elspeth also believes that it's important that people know Joel is a safe place to volunteer, "There are strict rules but I feel that it's a secure environment and I would really encourage people to get involved."    
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Joel Community Services (formerly operating as Joel Community Trust  Charity no.253030), is now a company limited by guarantee Charity Number 1163741. Registered Company Number 9140549.