King’s Lynn Winter Night Shelter has moved into its new home and is appealing for 100 more volunteers to help it run.
The night shelter, which has moved into the former Purfleet Trust building at St Ann’s Fort, will be open seven nights a week from November 1 to March 31, providing a bed and a hot meal for those who need it.
Co-ordinator Lucy McKitterick is now working to get the building decorated and is recruiting volunteers to help in a range of roles.
She said: “Anyone can volunteer. The most important thing is that people are interested, ready to be kind and like listening.
“You don’t have to have social work qualifications or to have worked with homeless people before.
“We need people to cook, help with washing, people who can stay the night, people who can chat and play board games.
“There is huge scope for volunteers and we can’t have too many.”
The night shelter would also like to hear from any painters and decorators who could help to repaint the inside of the building and people with vans who could collect donated items such as furniture and equipment.
A decorating working party is set to take place from Tuesday at 10am, for two weeks. The shelter has applied for funding to refurbish the building’s shower and staff also hope to create a bigger relaxation space in an open plan area downstairs.
Miss McKitterick is hopeful that the shelter will have long-term benefits for those who stay there.
She said: “It’s hard work being on the streets and it’s hostile and scary.
“We want to get the building looking nice. It says to people who stay here ‘we care about you, we have got this place looking good as we think you are worth it’. That’s such an important thing to tell people who have nothing.”
Last year’s night shelter, which opened on Friday and Saturday nights, was so successful that organisers were asked to open it seven nights a week this winter and for a longer period.
Anyone interested in volunteering can contact the night shelter via its facebook page or its website www.klwns.org.uk
Information and training evenings will be held on October 10, 7pm at South Lynn Baptist Church; October 11, 7pm at Our Lady of the Annunciation, London Road; October 12, 7pm at St John’s Church in the Walks; October 17, 7pm at All Saints Church, Hillington Square; October 18 at 7pm at All Saints, North Wootton and October 19, at 7pm at St Faith’s Church, Gaywood.