Be a volunteer

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 2017 volunteers donated over 4,700 hours of their time to helping SPEAR’s work. This includes a considerable contribution from our fantastic service-user volunteers and over 300 hours of volunteering support from our corporate partners. We clearly couldn’t do all that we do, or as well as we do it, without your help. THANK YOU!

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). Currently we have vacancies for volunteer receptionists at our hostel in Richmond. We are also looking for Romanian and Albanian speakers to offer temporary support to some of our outreach and Homeless Health Link services. Please see our September Volunteer Newsletter for more details.

We also 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 who work full-time or are unable to offer a more regular commitment.

All our current volunteering opportunities and requests are advertised in our most recent Volunteer Newsletters. Once you register as a SPEAR volunteer, you will automatically receive these, but copies of current and previous editions are also available here on our website.

If you are interested in volunteering with SPEAR, or would just like to join our Mailing List*, please register your interest via the link below or email: In order to register as a volunteer for either our regular or ad-hoc roles, please complete a Volunteer Application Form and return to us, along with a completed Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form.

We look forward to hearing from you!

*Please note that in signing up to receive our Volunteer Newsletters, you will also be added to our mailing list to receive the SPEAR News/Events Newsletters. Please let us know if this is a problem for you and you are of course welcome to unsubscribe at any point.

SPEAR collects and processes personal data relating to its volunteers in order to manage the volunteering relationship. SPEAR is committed to being transparent about how it collects and uses that data and to meeting its data protection obligations. Please refer to our Volunteer Privacy Notice for an explanation of the personal data which SPEAR collects and of why and how we store and use this.

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