Homeless Service Volunteer
Our Homeless Services regularly recruit nurse, podiatrist,
and general volunteers.
All volunteers receive training on homelessness issues before
providing a service. We look for commitment and a non-judgmental
approach towards homelessness and related issues.
What does volunteering for the service involve?
All volunteers complete an initial training programme that
- • first aid skills
- • homelessness awareness (which looks at the causes of
homelessness and effects on physical and mental health)
- • communication skills
- • infection control
- • professional boundaries
- • dealing with aggression
- • safeguarding
- • consent and mental capacity act.
All team members receive annual updates in first aid,
safeguarding, infection control and moving and handling.
As well as monthly training sessions on a range of issues,
volunteers are offered many other external training opportunities,
- • drugs and alcohol
- • domestic violence
- • self-harm awareness.
Our Homeless Service staff aim to give all volunteers
adequate support with regular newsletters, training, and
supervision. Every session ends with a debrief to ensure that team
members do not leave emotionally over-burdened after what can be a
Support volunteers (non-nurses) bring a wealth of experience and
life skills to the team. They contribute to the service provision,
through advocacy, signposting and health promotion. Most
importantly they are able to offer time to listen, to give holistic
and empathic support, promoting clients' dignity, self-worth and
The minimum commitment per month is:
- • two 2-3-hour shifts (daytime or evening) and
- • one 2-hour training session (evening).
Many volunteers find that committing to more frequent shifts
makes it easier for them to build rapport with the clients and to
gain a better knowledge of the service.
To volunteer with us, please get in touch by emailing:
Brighton Homeless Service – firstname.lastname@example.org
Hastings Homeless Service – email@example.com