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 the Winter Shelter
- 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.
Anybody who wants to volunteer with Inn Churches must agree to be trained.
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 venue you are volunteering with, you can attend another 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.
How to volunteer
If you are interested in volunteering, 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 then complete our volunteer application form online, or request a printable copy.
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 – whether that be working together in our warehouse intercepting and sorting food, cooking in our café kitchen, maintaining our premises, fundraising activities or other one-off projects and activities.
Please contact Juli to see how you can help.
Knit a beanie hat
Our knitted HBUK beanie hats are stylish and affordable – and not only does every penny go to support our work, for every beanie you buy, we’ll give another beanie to somebody who is homeless.