Volunteers are the heart of everything we do and are vital in our mission to end homelessness.
Do you have a heart for helping? You might have a range of skills or would like to build more and gain experience. You might have a few hours to give regularly or are looking for a chance to volunteer at certain times in the year.
We would love to hear from you if you are interested in volunteering.
Our volunteers need to be over 18 years old, will complete a criminal record self-disclosure form and depending on the role may undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Volunteers need to provide relevant references so we can make safe recruitment decisions.
Read on to find out more and fill out our short form below.
You will work directly with the people we serve. This could be in our Support Centre in Wycombe or drop-in sessions in other locations. You might answer our homelessness helpline or help at our Plug In evening sessions. You can join our outreach project or be asked to drive a client to an appointment and accompany them to meetings where they need support. These roles tend to require a commitment of a few hours a week on a regular basis and you will make a direct difference in the lives of the people we serve.
Our behind the scenes volunteers are vital to helping us end homelessness! Office volunteers offer a warm and helpful welcome to visitors and people calling or emailing with queries. You may deal with general enquiries and a host of other tasks that you can take on depending on what skills you have or would like to build. You might like to help sort our clothing and food donations.
You will find your time and help appreciated by all. The time commitment needed for these roles varies.
Volunteers are key to helping make sure people know we are here if they need help and to help us raise money and awareness so we are able to do our work.
You might help run events, staff a stand at a fete or other event, speak to a group of Brownies or at a Rotary club, steward our Big Sleepout and more. We provide all the necessary training and equipment but you will bring the enthusiasm! Opportunities are varied and you can volunteer regularly or a few times a year.
We also have a need from time to time for specialist roles so if you have a skill you think you can offer do please let us know. Skills might include translation, knowledge in a legal area related to homelessness, governance, publicity, IT and more. If you are interested in being a trustee please see this page.
You will receive a wide range of training depending on what role you take on. All volunteers will be trained in manual handling, safeguarding, key policies, supporter and client care, and confidentiality. Role-specific training will be provided as needed.
It is important to us that you feel valued and heard as the work we do can be emotionally challenging; you will be provided with pastoral support. We are always happy to hear about how you feel be that positive or where we need to improve so you will be able to speak to our dedicated volunteering coordinator.
We are indebted to our volunteers and are keenly aware that we couldn’t do what we do without your help. Our annual thanksgiving service and annual showcase are chances for us to celebrate your contribution and we offer social opportunities for our volunteers to get together too.