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Coventry Winter Night Shelter

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Volunteering Opportunities

In partnership with Coventry City Council and the Salvation Army, Coventry Churches are working together with the community to provide a night time shelter for rough sleepers and homeless over the Winter months (1st December - 31st March). 7 church venues in the City will operate from 7pm to 9am in 3 shifts over a 17 week period. Each venue serves a hot evening meal and a light breakfast and becomes a dormitory for up to 20 persons, sleeping on camp beds.

Volunteers are expected to give time to a few shifts, preferably on the very quiet but necessary night shift (ideal for reading/studying/writing).

There are seven churches in the Coventry area which will be used as shelters. Once you have decided to volunteer you will be assigned one of the venues.


Monday – St Columba’s church, Canal Basin

Tuesday – Methodist Central Hall

Wednesday – St Osburg’s church, Radford

Thursday – Salvation Army, Upper Well Street

Friday – St Oswalds, Tile Hill

Saturday – St Columba’s church, Canal Basin

Sunday – St Margaret’s (Dec-Jan) and St Alban’s (Feb-March)

Travel expenses are not reimbursed by this organisation.

Time Commitment

A minimum of 4 shifts - Evening (6:30pm-10pm) Night (10pm-7am) Morning (7am-9am) at one of the Night Shelter venues.


Volunteers must demonstrate a non-judgemental attitude and be compassionate at all times towards guests of the shelters. Each venue has a coordinator and each shift has an appointed leader. There is also a volunteer handbook issued.

There will be a Training Session for all volunteers - date and location to be confirmed.

How to get involved
Sign up is now open!

You can read more about the project here:

This project is not managed by Warwick Volunteers. To contact Coventry Winter Night Shelter, please visit their website:

This is an external opportunity

Warwick Volunteers cannot be held responsible for external volunteering opportunities advertised, but we do make every effort to ensure that all the information we publish is accurate. We advise volunteers to use their own judgement when selecting potential opportunities, and to check all details concerning prospective volunteering activity with the organisation involved. Please make sure that you have received all necessary training and information regarding your own health and safety before commencing volunteering.