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Homeless Shelter

Together in Barnet

Together in Barnet (TiB) is a night shelter for rough sleepers in Barnet. TiB houses rough sleepers from October to May each year, working closely with the day centre, Homeless Action in Barnet, to provide for the needs of the most vulnerable in the Barnet community.

There are 32 communities involved across the borough including churches, synagogues and mosques. Between October and May each year the shelter provides dinner, bed and breakfast to those experiencing homelessness in Barnet.

Winter Shelter
Wednesdays starting on the 3rd January 2024 until 21 February 2024.
We will be hosting up to 17 guests from 6:30pm overnight until 7:30am.  We provide a hot meal, company, board games and newspapers and there will be two volunteers staying/ sleeping overnight to be there for them. 

Christmas Shelter
FRS provides the shelter for a continuous period between Friday 22nd and Thursday 28th of December.

Volunteering

To volunteer to support the Winter Shelter, please contact fill in this form (winter shelter).
To volunteer for the Christmas Shelter, please fill in this form (Xmas shelter).

We are looking for people to take on the following roles:

Role 1: Hosts / Welcomers
6pm – Come and welcome the guests, make them a hot drink, help them find their bag and bed (which will have been delivered during the day) and stay until 9pm to serve dinner and eat together.  Cooks are welcome to stay on after dropping their meal to be one of the hosts that evening. 

Role 2: Cooks
Food should be dropped at any time during the day and be put in the fridge, or if you have also signed up to hosting you can bring it with you just before 6pm.  We will be needing a light starter (e.g. a clear soup) and a hot main course, and offering a hot drink and a chocolate and some fruit for afters. 

Role 3: Breakfast Bags (Winter Shelter only)
We also require bags of breakfasts to go, and these can be dropped off any time before 7pm. They might include a croissant for example, a carton of juice, a banana, a hardboiled egg…

Role 4: Night Sleepers
This is the most important volunteer job.  We cannot run the shelter without this.  We know this is a huge ask and commitment but everyone who does this comes away knowing that they have helped to keep our guests warm, dry and fed.  You will need a mattress and sleeping bag/ bedding and we suggest bringing a good book.  If you are coming straight from work, or from a class we will provide you with a hot meal before 9pm.  You will leave at 7:30am with the guests. 

Donate
This year we have the ability to offer warm showers to guests.  We will provide towels and they will be taken to the launderette in the morning.  We would like to have a regular cleaning company in to wash the showers and clean the toilets for the 10 – 12 weeks the shelter is running at FRS.  
We are asking for donations for all cleaning costs and for extras such as new socks, shoelaces, scarves - some of the things guests haven’t managed to find at Homeless Action Barnet in the past.  We would be grateful for a donation of £15 per guest. 

By Bank Transfer
Sort Code: 60 15 20
Account No: 13681052
Account Name: Finchley Reform Synagogue General Acct
Reference: "HShelter [Surname] [First Name]"

Important Gift Aid Information: If you are not an FRS member, then please complete and sign the following Gift Aid declaration and return it to the FRS office, either by post or by scanning and emailing it to our bookkeeper Debbie Marks.

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