Volunteer

Staffing our Winter Shelter takes a lot of people, and our Food Hub (warehouse) and Café rely heavily on volunteers too.

We are always looking for people to:

  • help in our warehouse: weighing and sorting donated food, managing stock, assisting with food collections and deliveries in our van, assembling food for collection.
  • help in our café: preparing and cooking food, serving food and drinks, clearing up.
  • help with our cooking classes and workshops.
  • help out with short-term or one-off projects.

During the winter months we need hundreds of volunteers to:

  • help in our Winter Shelter: setting up, cooking and serving food, chatting with guests, doing activities or playing games with guests, cleaning up, generally helping 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

Anybody who wants to volunteer with Inn Churches must agree to be trained.

For warehouse, café and cooking volunteering, you will be trained ‘on the job’. For some roles a food hygiene certificate may be required – we can offer this training if required.

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.

You can also get involved with Suits on the Streets, our 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 – 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.

If you’re a keen knitter, why not knit us a beanie? Or you can become a beanie rep and take a small pile of beanies to sell to your friends, colleagues and family.