The Boaz Night Shelter has been running for more than ten years, providing temporary accommodation for men who have become homeless following a decision on their asylum claim. We continue to operate as the only night shelter in Greater Manchester specifically for this client group. The majority of the people we work with have had their asylum applications refused, and have no recourse to public funds. This means they will not automatically be entitled to a space in other accommodation for people who are homeless.
How the night shelter works
The Boaz night shelter runs in partnership with eight venues across Greater Manchester – seven churches and an evening reception venue in central Manchester. The night shelter runs from the start of October until the end of April, and can accommodate up to 12 men each night. On arrival, guests are served healthy, home-made hot food and drinks. They are usually offered the chance to sit and relax, have a shower or wash, play some games or watch television and chat with the volunteers before going to bed. In the morning, guests are served breakfast and then leave the venue generally by 8am.
How things went last winter
Last winter, we were able to accommodate 53 men from 21 different countries. We were pleased to form part of the Mayor of Greater Manchester’s ‘A Bed Every Night’ initiative, and we were delighted to receive the Housing Justice Quality Mark for Excellent Practice. This wouldn’t have happened without the dedication, hard work and commitment of over 320 volunteers who made the night shelter happen.
Sadly, the demand for spaces our night shelter continued to be very high throughout the winter; we had to say ‘no’ to people when our night shelter was full over 150 times.
How you can get involved
We wouldn’t be able to run the Boaz Night Shelter without an amazing team of over 320 volunteers who offer wonderful hospitality, food and support for our guests.
As we look ahead to the coming season, we are in need of volunteers for the following specific roles who could commit to helping once a month or more frequently:
- Male Sleep Over volunteers - in this role, you would arrive at one of our night shelter venues (different locations across Manchester) between 8.30pm-10pm, sleep overnight and help with clearing equipment away in the morning, finishing by 8.30am (can be earlier if you need to work).
- Reception Team volunteers - at our city centre based venue from 5.45pm-9pm you would serve drinks and chat with guests until they are picked up for the night shelter.
All volunteers are provided with comprehensive training, to ensure that you feel adequately equipped.
If you are interested in helping at the night shelter, please contact Vron, our night shelter coordinator, by emailing [email protected]
We thank everyone for doing an amazing job running the night shelter 7 days a week for 7 months!