At SPEAR we know the value that volunteers can bring. In the financial year 2021-2022, our volunteers dedicated 3964 hours of their time. Volunteers make a huge contribution to the work we do, making our charity stronger, and more sustainable, leaving an incredibly positive impact on those who we support that are experiencing homelessness in South West London.

Volunteers form a vital part of many of our services; from sharing skills and mentoring, providing digital coaching/tutoring, sorting and distributing clothing and food donations to gardening and painting properties, and raising vital funds.


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.

Occasionally, we do accept speculative volunteers depending on your skills, availability, and interest. Please email with more information about your skills and experience and we’ll get back to you if we have a suitable role.

We will post any opportunities that do become available on this webpage. We value diversity and encourage volunteers from all sections of the community.

Volunteer Barber Position

The role of the Volunteer Barber is an important one to the charity as part of our confidence-building and resettlement efforts.

The role will suit someone who is a trainee or qualified barber or hairdresser, who can commit to 6 hours per month at our Health and Wellbeing days.

They will be mindful of how much a new appearance can increase the self-esteem of someone who is experiencing homelessness or is being resettled by SPEAR. The volunteer will enjoy developing positive relationships with new people and will be willing to work outside of their own comfort zone providing haircuts at no charge to SPEAR clients. The volunteer must have an enhanced DBS background check (SPEAR will apply for this on your behalf.)

LOCATION/S: Our Health and Wellbeing days are held across Richmond, Kingston, Wandsworth, Merton and Sutton Boroughs. We hold approximately one Health and Well-being day per month in one of the above locations.

For more information about this volunteering opportunity, please see the role description.

SPEAR welcomes and encourages applications from everyone, regardless of age, disability, gender, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation.