Volunteers make a huge difference to our services. They do incredible work for us, from helping our clients to participate in new and exciting opportunities to carrying out decorating projects in our properties. Our volunteers come from all walks of life you and don’t have to be an expert at anything to become a volunteer – you just need a kind heart, an ability to talk to people and have a non-judgmental attitude towards other people.

Although we are a homeless charity, we do not do any work directly with street homeless people that can be supported by volunteers. We don’t distribute food or sleeping bags to people on the streets, as we focus our work and funding on providing opportunities that get people off the streets and into safe accommodation where they can receive the support they need to change their lives for the better.

Current Volunteer Opportunities

We are closely monitoring the developing Covid-19 situation and closely following the government’s advice to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of our service users, staff, supporters and the wider community.  For this reason we have taken the difficult decision to cease any new volunteering activity for the foreseeable future.  We will continue to review this situation and update the website accordingly.  If specific volunteering roles are needed to support our response to Coronavirus we will advertise these separately.

Homeless Day Service, Portsmouth

We support up to 60 people on a daily basis at our Homeless Day Service, providing a wide range of support to each person, including breakfast, shower and laundry facilities and emotional support. We are open every day until 4pm. If you like working in a busy environment in a team, don’t mind doing a bit of cleaning, cooking and laundry  and can spare some regular hours each week then we would love to hear from you! You will be making a valuable contribution by helping us make sure that every person who comes through the door can talk to someone friendly and supportive, access the facilities that they need, be signposted to other relevant support agencies and take part in the social activity programme on offer.

You can contact the Homeless Day Service directly at portsmouth.dayservices@ssj.org.uk to find out more.

Other ways to help

If you aren’t able to commit to anything on a regular basis but would still like to help in some way, there are other ways to get involved. We run annual events that need a lot of organising and support, such as our Big Sleep Out, sponsored runs and our Christmas Appeal. Maybe you are good at DIY and can spare some time to help with a decorating or gardening project.

If you are interested in volunteering for us on a one off basis like this then please get in touch!

T: 023 8063 4596

E: fundraising@ssj.org.uk