Support workshops for vulnerable people on the margins of society in Cricklewood
Who will I help?
Formerly known as Cricklewood Homeless Concern, the charity renamed itself in 2013 in response to the changing demographic and needs of the community.
Ashford Place is an inspiring charity that is leading the way in tackling barriers to community cohesion in Cricklewood. They offer a broad range of skills, services, activities and advice to homeless people and the community at large.
They facilitate positive change and encourage inclusion and independence to all service users.
How will I help?
Volunteering at Ashford Place will require you to be forthcoming in getting involved in a range of workshops such as ESOL, exercise classes and music groups.
You may find yourself helping out with:
• Preparing and serving lunch to the users
• Supporting staff in delivering workshops
• Engaging with service users
You’ll leave the centre having learnt a great deal about the history of the charity and the range of issues faced by the community.
What Can I Expect
Volunteering at homelessness charities can be as challenging as it is rewarding. They provide services to some of the people who are most at need in our society including those suffering from addiction, mental health issues and the results of long periods of destitution. As a result you may witness people exhibiting threatening behaviour or being verbally abusive – although this certainly doesn’t go for everyone you will be working with. You’ll be briefed on arrival on how to deal with difficult circumstances and given guidance on how to raise any concerns. However, you should never be asked to work on your your own with service users.