Winter Hope Assistance in Macclesfield (WHAM)
Last year, during the period from 16–19 December 2016 to 17–20 March 2017, 21 different male guests were given at least one night’s shelter with 104 nights’ accommodation provided in total. Guests, on average, stayed for 2¼ nights over a weekend; an increase on last year. Volunteers from over 15 churches have helped staff the Shelter. There have also been volunteers from individuals without known church connections.
This year it is intended to operate the Shelter from 15 December 2017 to 19 March 2018.
There will be two training sessions for volunteers for this coming winter:
Saturday 25 November from 1000 to 1230 – Volunteer Training
Obligatory session for all new volunteers and optional for previous volunteers. This will comprise an update on procedures followed by a Q&A session
Saturday 2 December from 1000 to 1230 – Shift Leader Training
Obligatory session for all shift leaders. Will generally be an interactive session
Both sessions will take place in the Bollington Room, United Reformed Church, Park Green, Macclesfield. Please make every effort to attend these sessions and it would be helpful to have an idea of numbers. If you would like to help in this work please talk to Veronica who will provide contact details. If you would like training but cannot attend the above dates, alternative sessions can be arranged.
This year, HOPE is looking for an Equipment Manager as an additional member of the core WHAM team. The main responsibilities are:
- Maintain the inventory of equipment
- Arrange replacement of any damaged or worn out equipment
- Supervise a review of equipment at the start of the WHAM season
- Organise (with Cre8) the transfer of equipment from church to church each week
- Check that the WHAM food stock is maintained
If anyone is interested in taking responsibility for all or part of this please contact Veronica.