Get involved

We need lots of help!

People are at the heart of what we do and the quality and extent of our work depends upon the generosity of those people who give of their time to be with us. We are very flexible as to how much people want to get involved. We're always happy to talk to people if they feel they have new ideas or ways they want to help that aren't mentioned here. Let us know!

Volunteering at the Drop-in

This is undoubtedly the place where most volunteers are needed. The most important part of volunteering at the drop-in is spending time with people and chatting over a cup of tea. Volunteers are also there to serve those who come through our doors, making sure people are welcomed and provided with food if needed. It is a massively inconsistent group that we work with, which means that sometimes we have only one or two through our doors and sometimes we are overflowing! Volunteers are there to serve and make sure that everything is peaceful.

 

There are two types of volunteering at the drop-in: lunchtimes and overnights. Our opening hours (see our homepage for opening hours) depend on volunteers being there. There are always at least two volunteers on at each session. Lunchtime shifts are just that: over lunch, or in the mornings if we are open earlier. Night shifts involve two volunteers opening the drop-in in the evening and being willing to stay if anyone needs somewhere to sleep for the night. Both volunteers will get some sleep! If no-one needs to stay both volunteers go home after 22.00.

 

Our greatest need is always for volunteers willing to do overnight shifts. New volunteers will be started on a lunch session and will only move to nights if they want to. We are a Christian charity but we are helped by people of all faiths and none! Volunteers can be male or female. The only stipulation is that they are over eighteen.

 

If you are interested in volunteering and want more information, or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Erica Irwin. All new volunteers will be given an induction before they start. Contact details are on our homepage.

Donations

Almost all our workers are volunteers and we rely on the support and generosity of the wider community, not only financially but in other ways as well. We have volunteers who cook fresh food for us on a rota. We also accept donations of tinned food and always need lots of coffee and sugar! We are always happy to accept donations of warm coats, jeans, underwear and socks. We also accept donations of furniture and household items, which we share with other agencies working with vulnerable adults through a shared storage facility. Any financial donations are very gratefully received, as we receive no statutory funding and rely entirely on charitable giving.

Please contact Erica Irwin if you want to donate anything. Contact details are on our homepage.

 

Houses of Hospitality

We are always interested in talking to Christian households who feel that they might be able to offer full time hospitality to someone (male or female) either on the streets or in insecure accommodation. Some of the most powerful work we have been involved in has occurred when Christians have opened their doors to those in need. We believe in the God who sets the lonely in families (Psalm 68:6). God can and does work powerfully through the sacrifical love that such hospitality shows, both in the hosts and the guests.

We would love to talk to people who feel that this is something they might wish to be involved in and how we might encourage and support them. God is good!

Please talk to Michael Manning for more details. Contact details are on our homepage.

 

Be Creative!

Is there a way that you would like to get involved that we haven't mentioned? Do you have skills that you feel would be helpful in our work? Would you like to run courses with us, organise an activity, offer an idea? We are very flexible and would love to talk to people if they feel they want to be involved in a different way. Spark your imagination!

Please contact Michael Manning or Erica Irwin. Contact details are on our homepage.