Volunteer

VOLUNTEERING

Simon on the Streets has a fantastic team of volunteers, some who have been volunteering with us for over 20 years! We currently have around 20 volunteers providing support across all areas of the charity, including working with our team out on the streets, fundraising and stewarding events.  

What's in it for you? 

We provide volunteers with the opportunity to develop new skills and be part of an organisation where the values of understanding, respect, commitment and trust are paramount. You will also have the opportunity to:

1. Make a difference in your community
2. Develop yourself personally and professionally
3. Learn about the drivers behind homelessness and rough sleeping
4. Learn new skills
5. Meet new people
6. Use your existing skills and experiences to give back
7. Be a part of our team

Volunteer Roles

Soup run volunteer

The purpose of this role is not to feed people but to engage with the local homeless community, breaking the ice by being non-judgmental and empathic, and providing emotional support.

Experience of working in homelessness, mental health, drug and alcohol or housing services is advantageous.

Read the role description.

Outreach Volunteer

Our Outreach Volunteers accompany our full time Outreach Workers during outreach sessions, developing relationship with service users and supporting them with accessing support. As this role focuses on building relationships for the long term, a weekly commitment is required. Experience of working in homelessness, mental health, drug and alcohol or housing services is advantageous.

Read the role description.

Community Advocate volunteer

Our Advocates help support our charity by raising awareness of our work in the community and amongst the corporate world by building positive relationships. This can be by representing us at talks and events, or helping us identify fundraising events or potential business connections.

Read the role description.

Ad-hoc Fundraising Volunteer

Help out at Simon on the Street's events by talking to members of the public and raising awareness of homelessness and our work. This is a fun role which doesn't require a regular commitment.

Read the role description.

Ad-hoc Volunteers

Some of our volunteers have specific skills that they use to help Simon on the Streets. These include photography, IT and HR. If you would like to help support our charity in this way please contact fiona@simononthestreets.co.uk.

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Becoming a volunteer

To apply for a volunteer role please fill out an application form and return it to our Volunteer Coordinator, fiona@simononthestreets.co.uk.

Please note that volunteer opportunities are limited due to the small size of our charity, we cannot guarantee that we have volunteer spaces.

Due to the nature of our work, all volunteers must be 18 years or over.

All potential volunteers are required to undertake volunteer training, relevant checks and review periods with our Outreach Workers before becoming a volunteer.

Volunteer Story

Alastair, soup run volunteer

"I have had a rewarding time helping out on the soup run on a Tuesday...I very quickly understood that the Soup run was not about Soup. It is about relationships and the consistency of someone from Simon on the Streets being there every Tuesday night. Sometimes it is just a chat and a laugh. Other times it is by being there you can help get a vulnerable young person off the streets and into a secure place".

Read Alastair’s full volunteer story.

Corporate Volunteering

For way that your company can support our work, please see how your company can help

 

Keep up to date

We work hard to keep people up to date with our work and to help share an understanding of the issues that are at the root of homelessness for our clients.

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