Advent Shelter Appeal

29th November 2018

The Advent Shelter launches for its 7th year at the Advent Centre from Monday 24 December 2018 to Wednesday 2 January 2019. It's the one time in the year that many people feel the increased effects of homelessness or having to live under deprived conditions.

Advent Centre Manager Godwin Benjamin in the following article shares an appeal for support and volunteers to successfully run this year's programme.

"As you know, it is a 24/7 operation and we provide our guests with 3 meals per day, games and relaxation room, movie room, use of the internet, regular supplies of tea, coffee, biscuits etc. and of course sleeping facilities. As you can imagine this is a massive project and all our helpers who run the operation are volunteers. We are recognised by all the major homeless agencies in London who refer many people to us. Last year we again registered over 200 guests at the shelter.

"We are again looking for volunteers for this year to cover the following areas:

·  General cleaning and setting up

·  Cooking meals (Food Hygiene Certificate required)

·  Health and Well-being (nurses, doctors, opticians, dentists, massage therapists, first-aiders)

·  Clothes Distribution (sorting, categorising and distributing)

·  IT Technicians (set-up and supervise Internet Cafe)

·  Return to Work (assistance with CV writing, job hunting and advice)

·  Games/Entertainment (supervise, socialise, hospitality)

·  Sleepover (supervising, ensuring all is well throughout the night)

·  Runners (to collect/return/transport various items)

"We still have plenty of shifts to fill. Click this link to sign up to see which shifts are available and share with your friends and family who may want to consider volunteering and helping make the festive season special for others.

"Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link to see our SignUp on 

2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.

3) Sign up! It's easy ‒ you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on

"Note: does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

"If you cannot attend but wish to make a donation, donations can be paid directly into our bank account, the details of which are below:


Bank: HSBC

Name: The Advent Centre

Sort code: 40-‐45-‐28

Account no: 21165003

Reference: Advent Shelter

"Donations can also be made in the form of a cheque made payable to 'The Advent Centre' and sent to Advent Shelter, The Advent Centre, 37 Brendon Street, London W1H 5JE.

"I would really love to see you at the shelter even if it is only for one shift and please give me a call. (+44 (0) 20 7723 8146)"

[Godwin Benjamin]

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