30 September 2019
Church events – your responsibilities
Whatever your church event - fetes, concerts, garden parties, you have a duty of care for employees, volunteers and those attending.
An overview of the considerations your church should make for the smooth running of a night shelter.
It is useful to keep a log book each day with:
Night shelters are a wonderful way to support vulnerable people in the community but can be a big responsibility. You will need to appoint someone with the time and energy to ensure policies and procedures are effectively managed.
All staff, volunteers and guests should know where to find the fire exits, first aid kit and evacuation procedures. You should secure areas in the church or hall you don’t want guests to use.
If your church has employees or volunteers, you will have duties under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and the regulations made under it.
In addition to providing a safe place to sleep, they often include providing meals, washing facilities and advice and support on housing, debt, domestic violence and job hunting. Your night shelter may therefore fall under the following legislation:
To cover the risks associated with running a night shelter, we will need to adjust your insurance policy and there is usually an additional premium. Please let us know if you are involved in a night shelter arrangement at your church and we will adjust your policy and premium accordingly.