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Volunteering For Homeless Charities In Chelmsford

Volunteering For Homeless Charities In Chelmsford

Since records began in 2010, there has been a staggering increase of almost 300% in the number of people sleeping rough in Essex. Some reports have suggested that Chelmsford had one of the highest rates per 1,000 households.

Because of this, the work of Chelmsford charities dedicated to fighting homelessness is absolutely crucial. If you want to get involved in this battle, volunteering for one of the homeless charities Chelmsford plays host to is a great way to give something back to your local community.

Volunteering is a brilliant thing to do, both for your own sense of accomplishment and the people you help. You may also find yourself learning lots of new skills and developing your CV, while meeting some great new people along the way. So don't hang around and read on to discover more about the kind of volunteering Chelmsford can offer in this area.


Chelmsford Food Bank

As one of over 1,000 food banks supported by the Trussell Trust, which states that 94% of people who use food banks are in destitution, this charity fulfils a crucial role within the Chelmsford area.

Food banks are incredibly important, and volunteering with Chelmsford Food Bank could make a real difference.

Homeless Action Resource Project

A local Essex charity that was established to combat the rise in rough sleeping in the area, the Homeless Action Resource Project (HARP) offers long-term support to people affected by homelessness, as well as providing housing for almost 200 people who might otherwise be on the streets.

Based in Southend-on-Sea around half an hour's drive from Chelmsford, you could volunteer with HARP at its Bradbury Day Centre, or get involved with campaigning and organising fundraising events.

Emmaus Colchester

Also around half an hour away from Chelmsford in the car is this branch of homeless charity Emmaus, which was founded in 1992 and now supports more than 800 formerly homeless people across the UK.

Currently boasting around 30 residential sites and always looking to expand, the charity provides both work and a home to people affected by homelessness. With Emmaus Colchester able to cater for up to 33 people at present, you could volunteer with the charity in a number of ways, whether it's at the residential community or one of its shops on High Street in Colchester.


Founded back in 1967, Crisis helps thousands of people on their journey out of homelessness every year. A leading voice against the national homelessness crisis, the charity provides specialist help and support, including training and education to improve the future prospects of the people who rely on it.

You could help out by volunteering with Crisis at one of its charity shops in the north of the capital, joining campaigns and fundraising efforts or getting involved with your nearest Crisis at Christmas effort.


If you'd like to know more about getting involved in volunteering in your community, take a look at our Local Causes page and find opportunities near you.

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Last updated: 10/08/2021

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