“I first volunteered at the Winter Shelter 4 or 5 years ago. I wanted to do something practical to help the growing numbers of homeless people in Nottingham.
The Winter Shelter was a great place to start. Everyone was friendly and you get stuck in straight away. Serving drinks and food is the perfect way to get to know the beneficiaries; some of them love to have a long chat, others just want to sit quietly and warm up.
I have also since become a volunteer fundraiser, initially for the Shelter but also for specific projects at Emmanuel House. I also help out with events; Light Night, Christmas concerts and Deerstock Festival in East Bridgford. Deerstock was a sunny weekend in July last summer, my husband and I took our camper van and spent all weekend there (along with other volunteers and Emmanuel House staff), selling clothes from the charity shop, running a raffle, face painting and chatting to people about the work of Emmanuel House.
I’m lucky to be involved with both the front line work in the Winter Shelter and fundraising. I get involved in all sorts of activities from writing grant applications to selling raffle tickets to help fund the work, and I also see the difference it makes to people to have warm drinks, warm food and a warm welcome at the Shelter.
If you’re thinking about volunteering, find out about the different opportunities available. There’s so much going on that there’s bound to be something that would be right for you”.
If you are interesting in volunteering or finding out more, we would love to hear from you! Please click: http://www.emmanuelhouse.org.uk/volunteer-at-emmanuel-house