At SSJ we are very fortunate to benefit from the help of volunteers across all of our services. Our volunteers do incredible work for us, from helping our clients to participate in new and exciting opportunities to helping with decorating and maintenance tasks in our properties. Our volunteers come from all walks of life you and don’t have to be an expert at anything to be able to volunteer – you just need to have a kind heart and an ability to understand the myriad reasons why people can become homeless. You don’t have to be able to commit a certain amount of time – we are grateful for any amount of time that people can give. In the last year people have volunteered over 4,000 hours to help SSJ.
At SSJ we know how valuable people’s time is, but giving your time is often what helps our clients the most. Many of our services are provided through contracts with local authorities and in recent years as a result of the government’s austerity approach, local authorities have endured huge reductions to their budgets, leaving them no choice but to pass this onto their service providers. For SSJ, the only way to make big savings is to reduce staffing levels, but this means that we don’t always have the staff resource to do some of the fun and interesting things that our clients enjoy the most, such as day trips and other offsite activities that are interesting as well as educational.
Other ways you can volunteer
If you aren’t able to commit to anything on a regular basis but would still like to help in some way, there are many other volunteering opportunities available. We often need people to help with one-off activities, such as decorating and gardening projects in our houses. We also run annual events that we need help with such as our Big Sleep Out and our Christmas Appeal, and we always need volunteers to help support other volunteers who are taking part in fundraising activities for us, such as the ABP Marathon Event in Southampton.
If you are interested in volunteering for us in any way, whether it be a few hours of your time each week or each month to help us provide more opportunities for our clients to participate in off-site activities that will help improve their wellbeing, or to help us with other one-off or occasional activities, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org