Last year we provided 127,200 safe nights sleep to people experiencing homelessness and helped 263 people move into their new home. Our volunteer team support people to learn new skills, regain a sense of personal value and get ready to live independently.
‘The YMCA Volunteers were amazing and they helped me write a CV and get it uploaded to some websites. I was a bit worried, because I only ever had a part time job before, but they kept telling me I could do it, and I started to get my confidence back.’ – Martin* Hostel Resident
To register your interest for any of our roles simply complete the enquiry form at the bottom of the page and we will get back to you.
One YMCA Hostels are much more than just a roof over people’s heads. Our Café Hosts provide a welcoming space within our accommodation for Residents, to relax and build support networks. Social activities are crucial as they provide a sense of belonging and community.
You could be involved in; serving tea and coffee, chatting, listening, playing board games, running Pool competitions or Quizzes.
All our Café Hosts work as part of a team with other volunteers either during lunchtimes or evenings. They support our Residents to open these spaces and put on social activities too.
Role Description here – Café Host
Activity Leader or Activity Assistant
Activity Leaders share their skills, hobbies, or interests with our Residents. These build peoples’ confidence, give tools to help live independently or simply a positive space for self-expression.
Our volunteers have provided sessions like; Arts & Crafts, Anxiety Management, fitness & exercise, jewellery making, cooking, CV writing, gardening and Pamper Evenings.
Activity Leaders are supported by Activity Assistants who help with tasks such as; setting up the room, supporting people to take part and providing a warm welcome.
Whatever your interest, skill or hobby, we would love to hear from you!
Resettlement – Supporting Residents as they move out
Moving into your own accommodation can be a challenging experience. Our volunteers provide both practical and emotional support to people on their journey to independent living.
You might be involved with helping people find furniture, signposting to services like Doctors in their new area or simply listening to how they are feeling about it all.
We are looking for people to provide a weekly session with other volunteers where Residents can drop-in and get tailored support. The team continue to help once people move-out with either home visits or regular phone calls. The Resettlement Co-Ordinator helps to communicate with Housing Support Workers about the support being offered, so every Resident can have a wrap-around service. We can only do this with your help!
Chaplaincy – offering emotional & spiritual support
For information about these roles click here