Volunteering with SPEAR


SPEAR are currently looking for a trustee who is a qualified accountant, who shares our passion about the vision and mission of SPEAR and has relevant a financial background, expertise and networks. They will be creative, inputting fresh ideas and energy to support the Trustee board and chair our Audit and Risk Committee Meeting.

Our job description for a Trustee at SPEAR looks like the following. We ask that the trustee within this role will:

  • Collectively ensure that the business of the organisation is conducted openly and with integrity.
  • Participate fully in the work of the Trustee Board.
  • Learn about the organisation and attend training and other events to maintain this knowledge.
  • Receive and debate material which enables the Trustee Board to monitor and regulate the standards of service delivery.
  • Support the Chief Executive in his or her work to implement the strategic decisions taken by the Trustee Board at an operational level and where appropriate, to offer relevant specialist expertise.
  • Attend Trustee Board meetings
  • Chair our Audit and Risk Committee

We ask that the successful trustee has the following:

  • Have a commitment to SPEAR’s charitable objectives, vision, mission, philosophy and values.
  • Have a range of relevant skills and experience to bring to the organisation.
  • Be able to attend meetings on a regular basis and have the ability to work as part of a team.
  • Undertake to learn from others as well as share his/her own skills for the benefit of SPEAR clients.
  • Be confident and capable of expressing opinions.
  • Be able to listen and debate and adhere to a decision even where one may disagree with it.
  • Be a qualified accountant with experience in finance

This role will allow a volunteer to put their skills and experience to use and make a lasting difference to a cause they care about. Further it will allow an individual to learn about the management and strategy side of charities by taking on a leadership role and will help enhance your CV, and possibly open doors to a new career path.

If you would like to know more about the role or would like to meet for an informal chat about the role, please do not hesitate to contact the office for more details on 020 7036 9767.

To apply for this role, please provide a CV and cover letter to job@spearlondon.org.

The closing date for applications is Monday 3rd July 2017.


SPEAR Supporters’ and Volunteers’ Evening – 1st June 2016 (Volunteers’ Week) [Photo courtesy of Nicole Harris Photography]

At SPEAR, we know the value volunteers can bring. Volunteers form a vital part of many of our services; from covering the reception desks at our Hub and Hostel, to working with our Outreach team to locate rough sleepers, to sharing hobbies and skills and providing mentoring support to clients, to raising much needed funds. In 2016 volunteers, including service-user volunteers, donated over 4,000 hours of their time to helping SPEAR, which equates to over 2 years in full-time working hours! We clearly couldn’t do all that we do, or as well as we do it, without your help.


STOP PRESS! We urgently need volunteers to help us over the next 4-6 weeks in the run-up to our 30th Anniversary Event on Tuesday, 11th July, with a variety of roles. Please see the 30th Anniversary Volunteers Flyer for further details and contact us if you are able to help with anything at all.

Our regular volunteers are engaged in a wide variety of roles, from supporting our Outreach shifts, to covering the reception at our Hub or Hostel, to running Arts & Craft classes for our clients. The majority of these roles take place during normal working hours (Mon- Fri daytime). As you will see from the ‘News’ pages, we are in the process of developing and expanding our services across Richmond and neighbouring boroughs. We are therefore not currently recruiting new volunteers to these roles until the dust settles, when we hope to have some new, exciting volunteer roles to offer.

For our regular volunteer roles, you would need to complete a standard  VOLUNTEER APPLICATION FORM.

In the meantime, we always need volunteers to help out at our various events, in particular the fairs and collection days we run throughout the year, or perhaps to assist with counting or sorting donations,  stuffing and franking envelopes for a large mailing – or collecting and dropping donations from a local supermarket. These roles may suit those unable to offer a more regular commitment.

volunteer-wordle-0316-300x194If you are interested in supporting some of our ad-hoc fundraising events and activities, we will ask you to complete a  VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION FORM (Fundraising)

Still not sure if volunteering with SPEAR is for you? Take a look at one of our inspiring Volunteer blogs from Ryan to get a flavour of what it might involve. Last year we also welcomed a sixth former from Waldegrave School for some work experience. Read Becky’s account of her week at SPEAR here

Or take a look at some of our most recent Volunteer Newsletters and Updates

to see the kind of support we request and offer.

If you have any questions regarding volunteering with SPEAR,  or would like to join our volunteer mailing list, please contact volunteer@spearlondon.org or call our Volunteering Officer, Julie, on 020 7036 9764.  We look forward to hearing from you!