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.

Get involved

We have a variety of ways you can volunteer with us, whether you can give your time on an on-going basis or one-off.

Regular volunteers could: support clients in our residential or day services to strengthen engagement and aid day to day activities; share their passion such as cooking or drawing; aid our sports or wellbeing activities; assist with groups; guide SSJ as a trustee; or get involved at our social enterprises Jamie’s Computers and Café In The Park.

If you would like to learn more about the volunteering opportunities, please fill in our application form.

Application Form

Portsmouth Rough Sleeping Service poster

Any queries, please contact: volunteering@ssj.org.uk

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