Volunteering

Could you contribute your time, skills and talents to help homeless and vulnerable people to transform their lives?

There are around 140 volunteers at SHP from a wide range of backgrounds and age groups, and they bring a huge wealth of experience to what we do. 

Why volunteer?

People volunteer with us for many different reasons. Perhaps you have some free time and want to make a difference in your local community? Maybe you’re looking to gain new skills or build your CV? Or perhaps you feel passionately about homelessness and want to do something about it?

SHP’s volunteering opportunities put you at the heart of our work. From one-to-one mentoring to talks, workshops and outdoor activities, volunteers make an invaluable contribution in a wide variety of roles. Some are professionals with specialist knowledge – for example, in the arts or business who want to donate their expertise. Others are looking to boost their personal development and gain a foothold in the world of work. Many are former clients or people with relevant life experience who want to help others get through what they’ve been through.

Whatever your background or level of work experience, we can offer productive and rewarding roles that match your talents and interests. We value the contribution of all volunteers and we are a diverse organisation that pulls together, striving to ensure that everyone is respected, supported, and listened to. 

What we offer

  • Ongoing training and development as well as comprehensive basic training and regular supervision if you require it.  
  • Reasonable travel expenses and lunch, where appropriate.
  • A commitment to equal opportunities and the promotion of diversity in all our services and workplaces.

What we ask for

  • Most volunteering opportunities require a minimum time commitment of six months.
  • You should be reliable and have a professional approach to your work. While volunteering for SHP you will be representing the charity, so we ask that you are organised and a team player.
  • You should perform your duties to the best of your ability and follow the policies and procedures of SHP including the code of conduct. 
  • Volunteer roles are subject to the same safeguarding and vetting process required for all staff. Some of our roles require a DBS check (formerly known as a CRB check). We can support you to complete this.

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Volunteering at SHP has been an important part of Deb’s recovery.

She began using drugs when she was in her early twenties, continuing for almost thirty years.

A few months into her time at SHP, her support worker suggested that she become a Recovery Peer.

Read more about Deb's story

 

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After decades creating and selling beauty products, Anastasia’s decision to embark on a second career brought her to SHP.

She searched online for volunteering opportunities that would allow her to use gardening as a therapy for those with poor mental health, and SHP fit the bill.

Read more about Anastasia's story



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With the encouragement of her employer, Kate was able to start a volunteering project with six other colleagues. 

 Those involved set about figuring out exactly what they could do to help and where their skills could best be utilised. Helping to increase SHP clients’ employability, Kate and her colleagues conducted mock interviews, gave CV advice and ran employment workshops.

Read more about Kate's story

 

Portrait of Andy

 

Volunteering for SHP has provided Gareth with an opportunity to rediscover his passion for recovery.

He began to help people suffering from addiction after giving up a career in journalism.

Having had his own substance misuse issues as a teenager, he wanted to help others who were in this position.

Read more about Gareth's story

 

Visit our vacancies page to check out the latest volunteer opportunities or email Volunteering@shp.org.uk.

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