Volunteer

Volunteer at RobesAre you ready to smile, cook and chat?

Or to mentor, befriend, organise or promote?

This is your chance to enjoy some winter warmth with South London’s homeless, bringing extra cheer to their lives and yours.

It’s volunteers like you who make our work with the homeless possible.

Last winter more than 500 people donated their time and skills to the project.

 

For current volunteering opportunities, click here

“Being a Robes volunteer gave me the opportunity to meet different people from different backgrounds and cultures. It also gave me an opportunity to give back and a sense of belonging.”

Robes volunteer

Helping in the night shelters

“One of the best things about Robes were the friendly volunteers at all the venues, all willing to help!”

Robes guest

In our night shelter, from November to April, you can join us to:

  • Welcome guests
  • Prepare drinks
  • Socialise
  • Cook or serve dinner
  • Stay overnight
  • Wash laundry
  • Cook breakfast

People who volunteer in our night shelter tend to really enjoy it. So we apologise in advance if all the times you are available are already booked up.
If we’re not able to offer you a spot helping in our night shelter, please don’t forget that there are lots of other ways that you can make a contribution…

Other ways you can help

Together we can make a real difference.
Your time and skills can help to enable an ordinary person who has fallen into homelessness, to get back on their feet.
You can:

  • Cook and chat at our Wednesday Club
  • Join and support a homeless guest as they go to appointments or flat viewings (if you are available at least one work day per week)
  • Organise and attend fundraising activities and events
  • Cut hair, run an art club or share other skills with us
  • Help us in our office
  • Help promote us (if you have publicity or media skills)

What’s in it for you?

“So why volunteer? At the kernel of my volunteering is my Christian faith, the second commandment to Love thy neighbour as thy self resonates loudly.

 

But what also drives me is my genuine belief that if two monumental things should happen concurrently to me, such as the breakup of my family life and / or the loss of my livelihood, I too might be looking for help from such amazing charities as the Robes Project.  Whilst this I hope is unlikely, I have genuine empathy for all the guests that I meet at the Robes Project.

 

One of the most satisfying things about volunteering regularly is to find out that somebody has been permanently housed and moved on with their life.  In a very, very small way you have been part of that success.”

Robes volunteer

Volunteer today

To view current opportunities, click here
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