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Deptford Reach

Prepare and serve lunch and breakfast to those on the margins of society in Deptford

4.69 out of 5 based on 13 customer ratings
(13 volunteer reviews)

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Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu (08:30 - 15:00)

Up to 2 volunteers needed


"The people the charity helps were great – really friendly with a lot of interesting stories," Fiona Gillanders

Who will I help?

What kind of future would you be able to hope for if you left prison or the army, without family or friends and with no home to go to?

Deptford Reach helps adults on the margins of society. By offering services such as hot meals, alcohol and drug support and employment and benefits advice, the drop-in centre offers meaningful support to people in times of need.

The intention is to help build people’s confidence and self-belief, so they can start to rebuild their lives.

How will I help?

Volunteer at Deptford Reach to be on the front-line of a charity that’s giving hope to hundreds of adults needing a hand up not a hand out.

You may find yourself helping out with:

• Preparing food in the kitchen
• Helping out at reception
• Serving breakfast to guests and helping clear up

As with many homeless shelters, there will be a variety of tasks for volunteers so please come with an "all hands on deck" attitude. Be willing to help out wherever you are needed on the day - you'll get out of the experience as much as you're willing to put in!

You'll be kept busy but at the end of the shift you'll feel like you made a real difference.

Your ability to interact with clients, sharing your skills to help vulnerable people at a critical point in their lives will be greatly appreciated.

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.

13 reviews for Deptford Reach

  1. 5 out of 5

    Amazing charity doing great work!

  2. 5 out of 5

    The new project manager there has sustainable plans for the future and so it makes me more willing to go back as you know that your contribution really is helping. The team there in the kitchen are all lovely so I would definitely go back. There will be room for growth here when they build the purpose- built centre.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Deptford Reach are doing great work in the area. When you first hear or read about it, you might underestimate what is being done or the impact they have on the people they work with, but spending 3 days here really made me appreciate the work that the charity do for the people that use the day centre, serving over 50+ people each day. The clients who came in to the Day centre, some of who are regulars were very friendly and also greatful to the volunteers.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Really cheerful and helpful staff. Very polite and really looked after me. The work they are doing is admirable. A very humbling experience.

  5. 4 out of 5

    I was based fulltime in the kitchen, but this suited me down to the ground, as I love cooking

  6. 5 out of 5

    Really enjoyed the experience. The people at Deptford Reach were super friendly. The folks coming into the day centre showed a real appreciation for what we were doing and even took part a bit. Contribution wasn’t huge but I really felt we made a difference.

  7. 3 out of 5

    The charity is under staffed and needs a lot of help on a daily basis, especially in the Kitchen. I do think they need to hold up the safety standards for the volunteers e.g. I got a cut while peeling apples but I was allowed to continue to work. I am ok with that, but need to uphold the right health standard for both the quality of food and for the workers in the kitchen.
    It is also appropriate to say that the amount of work effort required implies usually at least 2 volunteers every day. Therefore a lone volunteer is not enough at this venue.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Deptford Reach is a great charity providing a range of critical services to some of the most vulnerable people in the Deptford community.
    My role was in the kitchen, helping prep and serve breakfast and lunch. The team were friendly and appreciative of the help, and the experience of serving customers/clients was very humbling. Overall, the charity do a great deal with minimal inputs, and it was an honour to help out for a day.

  9. 5 out of 5

    I had a great day – the team there are awesome, made me feel really welcome and I had a lot of laughs. The team works hard so there was a lot I could get stuck into. The people that the charity helps were also great – really friendly and had a lot of interesting stories. I had a great day, felt like I was able to help and would definitely go back.

  10. 5 out of 5

    What a great team offering an incredible service to people that really need this support and under Dee’s leadership it was clear that the clients were experiencing a sense of real community within the centre.

  11. 5 out of 5

    We were made to feel really welcome and put to good use in the kitchen. It was hard work, but really worthwhile and a very sobering experience. Will genuinely consider volunteering there again.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Nice friendly staff to ease you into the work required. Worked with another new volunteer and we really enjoyed the experience together.

  13. 4 out of 5

    I live locally, so wanted to do something community driven. I very much expected to muck in, however I am not convinced that my experience would be to everyone’s taste. The staff are extremely stretched and very grateful for volunteers. Everyone I meet was very agreeable. I was asked to assist in the kitchen. Breakfast and lunch was to be prepared. It was very much all hands to the pump, cooking,
    serving and then tidying up. The majority of the time was spent washing and cleaning up. With poor quality cleaning products and cloths. This was of great assistance to the kitchen staff and other volunteers, although some who volunteer might expect more contact with those who use the shelter.

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