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Bristol Churches Winter Night Shelter


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Volunteers for Bristol Churches Winter Night Shelter (BCWNS) 2018 can now: 
 
Register via www.bcwns.org
 
If you want to volunteer for the Bristol Churches Winter Night Shelter 2018 project you MUST register using the above online link (or ask someone to help you do this).
 
Mandatory Volunteer Training opportunities  that ALL volunteers MUST attend if they wish to volunteer for the Bristol Churches Winter Night Shelter - EVEN IF they attended training last winter.  
 
Opportunities for training include:
 
EITHER 
 
Saturday 9th December at 9:30 for 10 am to 12 noon at Ivy Church in St Werburghs BS6 5HZ - PRIOR to the first 6-week phase of the project
 
OR 

Saturday 20th January at 9:30 for 10 am to 12 noon at Ivy Church in St Werburghs BS6 5HZ - PRIOR to the second 6-week phase of the project
 
OR
 
Venue based Training available at particpating venues for those in contact with a Venue Coordinator.  Volunteers should speak to Venue Coordinators first about what venue based training there is.
 
Volunteers Need Not Wait to until they have registered and Need Not Wait  to have been accepted for volunteering,  in order to receive training.  
 
Volunteers should however register as soon as they can on www.bcwns.org as this will also enable volunteers to select which of the two advertised training dates at Ivy Church you plan to attend if they are not in contact with a Venue Coordinator or aren't able to attend one of the venue based sessions.  
 
IF a volunteer is already in contact with one of the Venue Coordinators for this year then training will be arranged at the venue first and foremost.  
 
IF someone can't attend their venue's training session then arrangements can be made with their Venue Coordinator to attend another venue's training session.  
 
IF a volunteer can't attend any of the venue based training sessions or they aren't already in contact with a Venue Coordinator, they MUST attend the training sessions at Ivy Church in St Werburghs BS6 5HZ.
 
Training in Food Hygeine / Safety  
 
IF a volunteer is involved in food preparation at one of the venues then please liaise with your Venue Coordinator and go on line to receive online training for a Level 1 or Level 2 certificate at: www.foodsafetyatwork.co.uk 
 
First Aid Training 
 
IF a volunteer feels that they would benefit from first aid training or a Venue Coordinator has particularly asked for key volunteers to receive first aid training then the Red Cross are providing training at Ivy Church, St Werburghs BS6 5HZ on: 
 
Monday 11th December at 9:30am for 10am to 12 noon prior to the first 6-week phase of the project
 
Monday 18th December at 6:30pm for 7pm  to 9pm  - also prior to the first 6-week phase of the project
 
And 

Wednesday 31st January at 6:30pm for 7pm  to 9pm - prior to the second 6-week phase of the project
  
Summary of the Shelter Programme 
 
This year Bristol Churches Winter Night Shelter 2018 will be: 
 
Starting on the 5th January with 7 church venues each taking a night a week for the first 6-week phase
 
And then it will 
 
Continue from the 16th February with 2 remaining church venues being joined by 5 new church venues for the second 6-week phase.  
 
In total 12 church venues will be involved and the BCWNS 2018 project will run for 12 weeks.  
 
Several other churches are also partnering up with those churches providing the venues by offering teams of volunteers.  We hope that next year other churches might also be able to offer venues so that we can increase capacity.
 
If volunteers have any questions - in the first instance volunteers are encouraged to either go on line to register via www.bcwns.org, talk to a Venue Coordinator (if they are already in contact with one) or if non of the above can answer a question then email Steve Maslin on:  

 
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