London Street Rescue
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London Street Rescue are now recruiting for volunteers for north, west and east London. We would particularly like to hear from you if you live near Hackney or Haringey. If you would like to volunteer your time, please refer to what to expect on a typical shift below.
Each shift varies but you would be advised to wear something comfortable and warm; much of the shift will be on the street either looking for or talking to a rough sleeper. Outreach workers go out in all weather conditions. You will be accompanying an experienced outreach worker on a full outreach shift acting as a front line worker.
Shifts start at around 8-9pm and finish at around 1am the following morning. On a very rare occasion the volunteer shift might run slightly later if we find a client who needs to be taken to an assessment centre.
Finally, for health and safety reasons all shifts require two people to be out on shift at all times; an outreach worker is not be allowed to go on shift by themselves. Therefore, if you cancel your shift at short notice, the whole shift will have to be cancelled. This not only impacts on the people sleeping rough who need our service but also the reputation of Thames Reach as a whole. So we urge all of our volunteers if possible to try to avoid cancelling once the shift has been arranged.
About Thames Reach London Street Rescue
London Street Rescue is an outreach team working with rough sleeper across 14 boroughs of London and is part of the homeless charity Thames Reach.
Every night of the year, London Street Rescue are out and about across London, acting as a safety net for some of society’s most vulnerable men and women. Our team of outreach workers and volunteers find and engage with rough sleepers to help them off the streets.
London Street Rescue support rough sleepers of all ages and with many different needs including those who are coping with poor mental health, poor physical health or living with drug or alcohol addictions.
Getting rough sleepers into accommodation is often the first step towards them getting back on track and having a home of their own.
London Street Rescue refuse to give up on people. Staff work with individuals for as long as it takes to help them move away from a street lifestyle, no matter how complex their needs. People sleeping rough are very vulnerable to the dangers of the streets. The actions of London Street Rescue can save lives.
Our volunteers come from all walks of life and many volunteer whilst working or studying. Some work for one of the many companies that support Thames Reach whilst some are former homeless people eager to give something back.
1 Hillman Street, London E8 1DY
Volunteers will be given instructions prior to working on an outreach shift
Please email for an application form and further details.
Talking to others
Front line experience working with a homeless charity
Knowledge of working within the homeless sector
A possible future professional work reference after 6 months of volunteering in the role
Out of pocket expenses reimbursed
Support Work,Advice, Information & Support,Community Work
We welcome and/or have the resources to support:
People looking for work
People with previous experience of homelessness