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

Community Day Rehab Volunteers

Our Community Day Rehab (CDR) in Portsmouth runs with a small staff team, with  volunteers acting an integral part of this team.  CDR has the capacity for twenty clients, who wish to change their problematic behaviour around substance and alcohol misuse.

The volunteer role will include, but not be exclusive to:
● Opportunity to learn the role of a co-facilitator of groups
● Answering the phone to clients and other services
● Preparing lunch for up to 20 clients
● Ensuring the CDR’s daily upkeep and cleanliness
● Offering support to the clients including making phone calls, appointments and
general one to one support
● Liaising with other agencies
● Attending training opportunities
● Supporting staff with the day to day running of the service

View the role profile for this role, here. To apply for this role, please contact CDR directly on: 023 9286 1423

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