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