Volunteer

Staffing a shelter takes a lot of people, and our warehouse and café rely on volunteers too.

We are always looking for people to:

  • help in our warehouse: weighing and sorting donated food, managing stock and assembling food for collection.
  • help in our café: cooking and food preparation, serving food and clearing up.
  • help out with short-term or one-off projects.

During the winter months we are always looking for people to:

  • help set up
  • cook and serve food
  • chat with guests
  • do activities or play games with guests
  • clean up
  • generally help out

You must be 18 or older to volunteer at the winter shelter.

Many of our volunteers come from hosting and supporting churches, but we welcome volunteers of any background or faith. We do not endorse any of our volunteers using the project as a platform for evangelism: volunteers are free to discuss their faith if questioned by our guests, but are not allowed to initiate discussions of that nature.

Training

Training is mandatory for any volunteer who wants to volunteer with Inn Churches.

For warehouse and café volunteering, you will be trained ‘on the job’.

For winter shelter volunteering, training sessions (of approximately two hours) will be offered at hosting church venues. Don’t worry if you cannot make the training at the hosting church you are volunteering with, you can attend another hosting church venue of your choice provided that it takes place before your hosting week. Please book early with the hosting church leader. Once you have attended training you will be free to volunteer at any of our hosting churches and can book time blocks which suit your schedule.

If you do not have a DBS check (formerly a CRB disclosure) and want to volunteer, please contact your local church to start the application process for a DBS check for vulnerable adults, which can take up to three months. Volunteers with existing DBS checks for children or vulnerable adults (church or employment sector) will be accepted if they less than six months old.

Team Leaders will also be required to attend planning meetings.

How to volunteer

If you are interested in volunteering but want to know more, please get in touch with us.

Please let us know if you have special skills or training in first aid, mental health, or substance abuse.

You can also get involved with Suits on the Streets 2017, our fifth annual sleep out raising vital funds for our work, or help us in other ways.

Volunteering opportunities for businesses

We welcome groups of volunteers from business or other organisations and usually have suitable projects for a team to get stuck into.

Please contact Juli to see how you can help.