Volunteering opportunities

Porchlight is always looking for volunteers to help support homeless and vulnerable people. Here are our current volunteering opportunities (inductions and training will be provided before you begin and some roles may require you to have a DBS check). 

Outreach volunteer

Do you want to support people who are sleeping rough? We need volunteers to work alongside our experienced outreach staff. Roles are available in Dartford, Gravesham, Maidstone, Swale and Tonbridge. 

Administration support volunteer

We need someone with computer and administration skills to join our Family Support team. You’ll be based in our Dover office, helping refer people into the scheme (providing practical and emotional support to families). 

LGBTQ mentor

This role is for our new BeYou service for young people identifying as LGBTQ (who can struggle with their mental health & wellbeing). As a mentor, you'll be supporting them and also running activities in Dartford, Gravesham, Swanley and Swale which are geared towards supporting the LGBTQ community. 

(Enquiries about this role should go to Jas Mato: JasbinderMato@porchlight.org.uk / 07791 089065)

Mental health housing support volunteer

The role is about preventing people with mental health needs from becoming homeless. You will be out in the community, giving support and guidance to vulnerable people. You could also end up helping those with rent arrears, experiencing anti-social behaviour or harassment, or who are in insecure or unsettled housing. 

Supported accommodation volunteer

You’ll be based in one of our homeless hostels. The role involves offering support, guidance, motivation and encouragement to our residents, all of whom are looking to regain their independence and leave homelessness behind for good. We have a range of hostels for people with different support needs (ranging from low to high) and of different ages (young people and over-25s). 

Community accommodation volunteer

You’ll be mentoring people in the community who are facing issues with finding or maintaining accommodation. This can include working with them to overcome personal problems, coming up with coping strategies for difficult situations, helping them complete paperwork or set up bills and more. 

HeadStart volunteer mentor

You'll be one of our trained volunteer mentors give children and young people (aged 10-16) the support and skills to cope with adversity and do well at school and in life. 

Community inclusion and mentoring volunteer

Help (sometimes vulnerable) adults who are feeling isolated to engage in new activities and become more involved with their local community. You could help someone simply by accompanying them to the gym, supermarket, park, community centre or an appointment. Find out more:

Deal, Dover and Shepway: 07850 907369

Thanet: 07595 780038 / 07734 595312

Swale: 07769 137296

Dartford, Gravesham, Swanley: 07788 383799


Location: Kent

We are seeking a qualified accountant to join our Board of Trustees and help us work towards a fairer society where homelessness and poverty are things of the past.

Click here for a full role description


If you are interested in applying for one of our volunteering roles please complete a volunteer application form. If you have any questions, email volunteer@porchlight.org.uk or call 01227 760078.