Volunteer at YRP

Current volunteer vacancies:

Breakfast Helpers

We are currently looking for volunteers who are able to welcome rough sleepers in to The Prop day centre from 7.30am Monday-Friday.  This is an important role as you will be one of the first points of contact for people who have spent the night outside.  We help these clients with breakfast, laundry, access to showers and new clothes.  As we can not open the doors unless two members of the YRP team are on site, it is essential that you are able to commit to regular days.

For an informal discussion about this role, please contact fay.kearley@yorkroadproject.org.uk

 

Why Volunteer?

Volunteers bring so much to an organisation and here at YRP, we welcome the support we receive from those who want to help us and our clients.  Most of our volunteers have some time on their hands and feel that they are able to help people in their community and they also get something back, be it work experience or knowing that they are making a difference however small.

We offer a comprehensive and specific induction package for all of our volunteers which includes organisational policies and procedures.  You will have a conversation with our volunteer coordinator and match your skills and availability with what we need help with here.

What will I be doing?

In discussion with the volunteer coordinator, you will be offered a role and time that is convenient for both you and the organisation.  We are really keen to utilise any specific skills you may have, but if you would like to do something completely different, this will be discussed.

Examples of the work some of our current volunteers undertake include:

  • Meet and greet the clients
  • Assisting clients with form filling.
  • Helping with CV writing.
  • IT skills
  • Helping in the kitchen, preparing meals.
  • Leading or helping in discussion groups.

How do I volunteer?

If you are interested in becoming a YRP volunteer please email fay.kearley@yorkroadproject.org.uk and she will explain a little about volunteering and if appropriate, will arrange a time for you to come in, meet her and have a look around the project.

Volunteering can be very rewarding but is not for everyone.  Clients can display challenging behaviour at times but they do appreciate the support and compassion that you may be able to offer.  So, if you have time, please come and join the team here - we have a lot of fun too!

 

Volunteer testimony

“Working with the York Road project has been an interesting, varied and honestly fantastic experience. Working in the Day Centre could mean anything between helping someone get a form of ID or wandering around Woking and taking pictures of the things that meant something to those that were currently homeless. From day to day the tasks change, there was always something slightly different to do, it was never for a second boring.

The people you work with are interesting and surprisingly engaging, staff and all. The time put in is well rewarded in ways that originally I hadn’t really thought of - given the preconceptions I had - and I was surprised at how extraordinarily grateful people were to me simply for being there and spending time with them.

The support from the staff is great, and I can honestly say that not a moment of my time that was spent with the York Road Project will be regretted.”

Jess - student & volunteer