Volunteer Befriender


The Role

The role is for a Befriender in our Tenancy Sustainment Teams in the London boroughs of Kingston, Richmond, Sutton, and Wandsworth and we’re now recruiting for volunteers. We would particularly like to hear from you if you live in or near the above boroughs. 

The Tenancy Sustainment teams support people on their first steps from homelessness to independence – providing accommodation and support to assist people off the streets.

We work with people who are have experienced rough sleeping and, once accommodated, SPEAR then works with people on a housing pathway and assists them to link into various support services, tailored to the challenges an individual might face.

SPEAR is looking for self-motivated, outgoing, and empathic people who could volunteer to provide support to vulnerably housed, rough sleepers, or anyone using homelessness services in the London boroughs of Richmond, Wandsworth, Sutton, and Kingston.

The volunteer will enjoy developing positive relationships with new people and will be willing to work outside of their own comfort zone providing befriending support to the clients. The volunteer must have an enhanced DBS background check (SPEAR will apply for this on your behalf.)

About You

  • Friendly, empathetic approach and a good listener.
  • Have an understanding of the issues surrounding homelessness, rough sleeping, mental health challenges and substance addiction.
  • Is open-minded with a non-judgmental approach to persons experiencing homelessness, addiction and recovery.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Is able to establish and maintain appropriate boundaries.
  • Can work on their own.
  • Adhere to the work and values of SPEAR.
  • We particularly welcome applicants with experience of using, and moving on from, support services

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

This vacancy is being advertised by Webrecruit. The services advertised by Webrecruit are those of an Employment Agency.