The weather can be freezing in Blackpool. There are some people who don’t have a bed to sleep in or even a roof over their head.
Blackpool Street Angels are teaming up with Blackpool Council to open a new facility where people can stay in their own room and in their own bed.
We will also provide food, donated by Tesco and Greggs.
HOWEVER... the project needs one more thing! You! We need volunteers to help us run this new facility. Can you volunteer?
It will involve: - some basic training - working with a paid supervisor and one other volunteer - one overnight period every two weeks - helping the most vulnerable people in our town
If you can do this please volunteer and click here! And I will be in touch with you the same day!
Any questions? See our ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ below!
Is there an area I can go for a break? Yes, there is a restricted access staff room.
Do I need to be First Aid trained? No you do not, however if you wish to take first aid training, BFSA provide training through an external provider.
Can I bring in activities to occupy myself in down times? Yes, there is a staff room where you can reside in down times. It is expected that you will support the shift supervisor when requested.
What activities will I be involved with? You may be involved with activities such as: helping to prepare the evening meal, engaging with service users/clients, laundry, cleaning of communal facilities and other activities as requested by the shift supervisor.
Can I sleep at the EBU? Fresh beds are provided for volunteers in a restricted access staff room. Volunteers are expected to support clients when needed throughout the night, however once clients have gone to bed, often they all sleep through to the morning.
Do I need a DBS check? BFSA shift supervisors are DBS checked and this covers the requirement. It is likely if you continue to remain as a volunteer at the EBU, BFSA will put you through a DBS check.
Is there a risk of trouble? Street Angels very rarely encounter trouble. Our volunteers have a long history of volunteering over night with service users and are well practiced in running shelters like this. You will be well support by a shift supervisor who you should go to for advice and support. There is a staff room you can go to for a break.
What should I wear? Comfortable clothes that are practical to cook, move freely and clean in.
Where do I park? Parking is provided, contact the volunteer coordinator or shift supervisor.
What time do I need to be there and what do we leave? 7pm at the EBU, through until 7am.
Can I smoke? Yes, there is a dedicated indoor smoking area which is approved for use. No alcohol may be consumed on the EBU premises by anyone: staff, volunteer or client.
What if I cannot do my shift? Please ring the Street Angels volunteer coordinator (number to be provided) and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Acronyms BFSA Blackpool & the Fylde Street Angels EBU Emergency Bed Unit (the facility to house people on a temporary basis, Chapel St) DBS Disclosure and Barring Service (a background check into an individual)