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

Delivering our Lifeskills Programme in our Southampton & Portsmouth services

We really need people who can volunteer a few hours of their time on weekdays, preferably in the afternoon or early evening, to help run sessions that help our service users develop their daily living skills, such as how to cook a healthy meal on a tight budget.

Social Activities Programme in our Southampton & Portsmouth services

We try and run three or four social events in our services each week, in the afternoons and early evenings. Activities include arts & crafts, Bingo and movie nights – anything really that provides opportunities for our service users to socialise and have some fun together.

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