Be a volunteer

At SPEAR, we know the value volunteers can bring. Volunteers form a vital part of many of our services; from providing digital coaching/tutoring, sharing skills and mentoring, sorting and distributing clothing donations to gardening and painting properties, and raising funds.

In the financial year 2021-22 our volunteers contributed 3,964 hours at SPEAR, helping to make our charity stronger and more sustainable. We clearly couldn’t do all that we do without you. THANK YOU!

Since the Covid19 pandemic lockdown, and the subsequent opening up again, we have now reached a point where all of our volunteering activities have been resumed. During this time, we had an overwhelming amount of offers from the community to volunteer and we have found ourselves in the fortunate position of having more volunteers than we do roles. As a result of this, we are currently limiting how many volunteers we recruit at the moment.

Nonetheless, we will post any opportunities that do become available on this webpage. So do keep checking in to see if anything has come up.

Handymen and Women Volunteers

Do you know your flat head screwdrivers from your Philips head screwdrivers? If you do, you could be just the person we are looking for. We always have a need for handypersons who could donate some time once a month to small DIY tasks such as fixing leaky taps, painting a wall, putting up some shelves and the like in and around our hostels and HMO properties. And if you don’t feel confident doing such odd jobs yourself, do you know somebody who might? We would love to hear from you/them:

Digital Maintenance Volunteers and Digital Coaching Volunteers

SPEAR believes digital inclusion is vital for our clients. So much of our daily lives is now conducted online and having the skills to navigate all aspects of technology is becoming more and more important.

We are delighted to report that our recent drive to recruit digital coaching volunteers and digital maintenance volunteers was very successful. We continue to promote this programme and hope to be recruiting more volunteers in the near future. We will continue to post here if we require further additions to the volunteer digital team.

Pop-up Clothing Project

Our volunteers continue to run the Pop-Up Clothing project. They hold fortnightly pop-ups to assist lots of our clients with warm, winter clothing. The Pop-Up Clothing project is an initiative to provide good quality, gently-used clothes to our clients in need of items. It is run by two volunteers (with assistance from two further volunteers) who have experience in the clothing industry. These volunteers receive, sort and store donated clothes and then transport the clothes to the Pop-Up location on a bi-weekly basis. This project is especially important to SPEAR.

Now that summer is well and truly upon us, this project has been a huge help with providing good quality clothes for those who need them. We do not currently require any further volunteers for this project but if you have good quality clothes as well as new socks and pants please email us at

Volunteer Befrienders Initiative

This project was started at the beginning of the first lockdown in 2020 using a small group of existing volunteers who were selected and matched with SPEAR clients for a fortnightly visit. Some of our new volunteers have also been engaged in befriending activities such as meeting clients outdoors for a walk in the park or just to sit and chat for a while, bringing much needed contact for someone who may be feeling very isolated.

Volunteer Driver Initiative

We continue to operate a Volunteer Driver Programme whereby drivers collect the large amount of food donations we receive from our partner supermarkets and deliver the food to various locations on a needs basis. Volunteer Drivers also undertake other drop-offs and pick-ups as required by SPEAR staff.

We are now looking to recruit extra drivers who are available to run various errands for SPEAR in the South West London area. Clearly, you should have access to a car for this role. If you have a van, that would be even more helpful as we are often asked to transport individual pieces of furniture. Please contact the volunteering department

Mental Health Awareness – Weekly GP Clinic

Volunteering has launched a new service for SPEAR clients via our Homeless Health Link Services (HHLS). A volunteer GP has started a weekly clinic at our Hub office in Twickenham whereby clients can drop in for an appointment to discuss any elements of their health, and in particular, their mental health.

Volunteer Gardening Project

We have a pool of Volunteer Gardeners who are called upon on an ad-hoc basis to visit various different hostels and HMOs to offer a garden tidy up. Our volunteers have completed several tidy ups for hostels and clients alike. This volunteering activity has been successful as it is largely carried out in the great outdoors!

If you are interested in joining the pool of gardening volunteers please email the volunteering department at Please note that for this role it is useful to have a car as you will need to move around the South West London area. We may need to ask you to help out with bringing some gardening equipment too.

Volunteer Mentoring Project

A pool of Volunteer Mentors has been set up in response to a request from our Community Development and Innovations team at SPEAR. Volunteers provide guidance with writing CVs, preparing for interviews and advice on how to prepare for a successful interview. Most of the mentoring takes place virtually or by telephone. We propose to increase recruitment at a later date.

Please note that most of our volunteering activities take place – out of necessity – Monday through Friday during regular office hours.

Watch an interview with one of our volunteers Caroline HERE

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    In the meantime, you can read what volunteers feel about volunteering at SPEAR in our latest Volunteer Satisfaction Report.

    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 Privacy Policy for an explanation of the personal data which SPEAR collects and of why and how we store and use this.