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Homeless recovery volunteer

Help someone overcome the trauma of homelessness

About us

We are passionate about helping vulnerable people to reach their full potential. We strive for a fairer society where vulnerable people find stability, the most excluded are included, and where homelessness and poverty are things of the past.

The role

People who are homeless often have complex needs that must be addressed if they are to leave the streets behind for good.

This role is about helping people recover from the damaging effects of homelessness. Supporting our teams, you will help people address issues related to mental health, substance misuse, and any other problems that have become barriers to living independently. This will include:

  • Helping to assess the needs of people we support
  • Being a friendly listening ear and someone they can turn to
  • Motivating them to fully engage with the help we’re offering
  • Helping them access support related to housing, benefits or employment (and supporting them when they do so)

What we need from you

  • Someone who is non-judgemental, reliable and passionate about helping people
  • Good communication skills
  • Awareness of issues related to homelessness and substance misuse
  • Knowledge of harm reduction relating to different substances, drug combinations, routes of use and interactions with different mental illnesses
  • Two references will be required
  • A full DBS will be sought

A full induction and training will be provided.

Where

  • Canterbury
  • Dover
  • Thanet

Application

To apply for this role please download and complete our application form and email it back to us at volunteer@porchlight.org.uk


The benefits of volunteering

  • Develop key skills and valuable experience of the homelessness sector within a dynamic, positive, friendly and supportive environment
  • Access to relevant training courses run at Porchlight
  • The opportunity to gain a formal certificate in mentoring
  • A professional reference for future work / study / volunteering opportunities
  • Make a significant contribution to someone moving forward with their lives
  • Invaluable work experience