Homeless Volunteering Opportunities
An overview of all the Oxford-based homeless action groups currently looking for volunteers.
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Interested in volunteering to help the homeless community in Oxford? Check out all the local opportunities going on and find out how you can get involved below.
Homeless Oxfordshire
Homeless Oxfordshire is the main provider of accommodation for single homeless people across the county. Their aim is to provide a range of housing and high quality support that enables homeless people to have a safe space in which they can begin to take control of their own lives and to learn how to thrive. This includes a 24 hour hostel and over 28 properties in the local community. Working closely with each person to build their resilience and develop life skills they need to help them put their lives back together. They also provide 3 nutritional meals a day, hot showers, clean clothes, soap, toothpaste/toothbrush, medical care – all those things we take for granted.
What does it involve?
Homeless Oxfordshire have a range of volunteering opportunities available.
  • Kitchen helpers: shifts are Monday-Friday, 11am-4pm and 4-7pm. No experience required!
  • Office helpers: we need all hands on deck to sort through donations, especially around Christmas!
  • Severe Weather Emergency Protocol officers: supporting at SWEP information sessions.
  • Fundraisers: if you'd like to do some fundraising for Homeless Oxfordshire, short or long-term, get in touch with homeless@oxfordhub.org and let us know what you have in mind!
  • Session leaders: we're interested in running skills classes like painting, poetry, and other fun activities, so if you have a skill you'd like to share get in touch with us at homeless@oxfordhub.org!
What's the time commitment?
Sign-up on a week by week basis, from 1-3 hours a session. No long-term commitment necessary!
To get involved, fill in the [online application form][1] or e-mail us at homeless@oxfordhub.org.
The Gatehouse
The Gatehouse is a drop-in cafe open to anyone aged 25+. They provide food, drink, and a safe refuge for people in Oxford who are homeless or vulnerably housed. It's open 5-7pm on weekdays and 4-6pm on Sundays at the St Giles Parish Rooms, 10 Woodstock Road.
What does it involve?
Everyone attending a session (roughly 9 volunteers per session) will be given one or two roles for that session (e.g. washing up or serving guests). You will not be asked to stand on the door until you have some experience.
What's the time commitment?
Once a week for 3 weeks minimum.
To get involved, fill out the volunteering application form available on The Gatehouse website.
Crisis
Crisis is the national charity for homeless people. They provide education, training and support with housing, employment and health.
What does it involve?
Volunteering opportunities at Crisis include supporting clients in classes as classroom assistants in various subjects from ESOL, IT, arts, music and lots more. We also need events and fundraising volunteers on an ad-hoc basis, so feel free to register as a general volunteer. Time commitment varies depending on the role.
Check out their website for more details on how to get involved.
What’s the time commitment?
Time commitment varies depending on the role.
The Porch
The Porch is a day centre providing support for homeless and vulnerably housed people wanting to move forward in their lives. They provide healthy food, practical help, companionship, learning skills, work related skills and opportunities for development.
What does it involve?
Volunteers spend time talking and listening to Members. Sometimes you can be the only person who has given attention and time to a person that day or even that week. You might well hear some fascinating life-stories.
Assisting with the laundry, serving food, washing up and cleaning are all part of the role. You can also get involved in other ways by sharing any special skills or interests you may have.
What's the time commitment?
You can volunteer anytime during opening hours, which are Monday-Saturday, 11.45am and 7.30pm. Training is provided prior to starting volunteering.
Find out more on their website and email guy@theporch.org.uk if you'd like to get involved.
Turl Street Homeless Action
Turl Street Homeless Action are a student-run action group based at Exeter College who provide runs of sandwiches, snacks and hot drinks to the homeless in Oxford.
If you're interested in getting involved, join their volunteer Facebook group to find out more and sign up to shifts.
Oxford Poverty Action Trust (OxPAT)
OxPAT raise money to alleviate visible and invisible poverty across Oxford. Every penny donated to OxPAT is distributed to organisations providing shelter, food, day centres, clothing, advice and medical care to people in need.
What does it involve?
If you'd like to volunteer with OxPAT, you can support their work by helping fundraise for them. Find out more on their website.
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