Streets Kitchen is organised and run by volunteers, many of whom have been homeless and used a Streets Kitchen service themselves.
We very much appreciate all our volunteers who help the homeless in many different ways. Right now our greatest need is for drivers with their own transport and those that can collect donations of food or other goods and redistribute to our centres and Street Kitchens.
We are lucky to receive a lot of enquiries about volunteering, however to enable us to match volunteers with the best suited role we’d appreciate you giving us some information about you, your interests, availability and skills. Please complete this form and we’ll be in touch.
Your details will be kept private to Streets Kitchen and only used to contact you regarding volunteering opportunities. You are able to have your details removed from our record at any time, by emailing us.
Becoming a volunteer with Streets Kitchen is not only about providing hot food and drinks, it is really much more than this:
- Being able to listen, sometimes to a very sad and upsetting story.
- Being able to give help to someone who has a history, which may include crime or severe addiction issues.
- Understanding that everyone has a past, some may be quite bad, some not so much, it is essential that you can talk, listen and be non-judgmental.
- Being able to deal with people who are at the very end of their tether, who may be suicidal, who may be angry at the system and try to take their frustration out on you.
- Having patience and strong willpower is essential.
- Understanding that when people decide to tell you their story, what they are doing is placing a lot of trust in you and hope that you can keep it confidential.
- Understanding that everyone who visits Street Kitchen and uses its services are people just like you and I, they deserve to be treated with dignity and respect no matter how hard it may be.
- Most of all, just being able to listen and smile can make someones day.
- As a volunteer you may be required to liaise with other agencies in order to help someone, this in itself can be a frustrating duty as you try to find the correct agency and then try to get that agency to help.
- What we ask is that you treat everyone with dignity, respect and as human beings.
If you are interested in volunteering at a Streets Kitchen in your area please complete this form and we’ll be in touch.
Due to the nature of our ‘work’ directly on the streets all volunteers must be over 18.