Volunteering For Homeless Charities In Huddersfield
UK homeless charity Shelter have previously reported more than 250 homeless people in the West Yorkshire borough of Kirklees, where Huddersfield lies. Of these, most are living in temporary accommodation, although there are rough sleepers in the area.
If you find the thought of anyone sleeping out on the streets disturbing, particularly during the colder winter months, or can't imagine not having a permanent home to call your own, then there are several Huddersfield charities you could get involved with.
One of the best ways to help out is by volunteering, which can be a hugely rewarding experience both for yourself and the people you help. Read on to find out more about some of the homeless charities Huddersfield plays host to, and start planning your next steps today.
HOMELESS CHARITIES IN HUDDERSFIELD THAT NEED YOUR SUPPORT
Simon On The Streets
A local Yorkshire-based charity which operates in Bradford and Leeds, as well as in Huddersfield, Simon on the Streets focuses on outreach services to help homeless people in the area, who can be affected by things like mental health issues and substance abuse.
From working as part of a team out on the streets, to joining in with fundraising efforts or stewarding events, there are plenty of ways to volunteer with Simon on the Streets. This charity provides crucial, front-line emotional and practical support.
Having been based in Huddersfield town centre for more than a century, Huddersfield Mission offers a safe space to people who are affected by things like homelessness, mental health issues, and addiction.
You could volunteer with Huddersfield Mission and help in its efforts to serve as many hot meals and drinks as possible at its cafe, or by providing support and advice on things like housing, benefits, and health. You may also find yourself helping out at the charity's regular groups or organising activities.
If you want to get involved with a charity that helps local women through your volunteering, Huddersfield offers organisations such as WomenCentre Kirklees. This charity provides a wide range of services to women affected by a variety of issues.
Amongst other things, WomenCentre helps women who may be at risk of homelessness due to circumstances at home, which may include domestic violence and abuse. Volunteering with WomenCentre Kirklees could involve supporting women in this position in an emotional sense, or by providing practical information and advice. There are many ways to help out at the charity's Lord Street centre.
With several other Emmaus branches nearby in places like Leeds and Mossley, the closest one to Huddersfield is around 12 miles away in Bradford. The charity has around 30 residential sites across the UK, supporting over 800 formerly homeless people by providing stable accommodation and work for as long as they need it.
There are currently two Emmaus charity shops in Bradford, one on Idle Road and the other on Cross Lane. If you volunteer with Emmaus, you may find yourself helping to serve customers or collecting and organising donations. You could also help the shops by clearing out your own home and donating anything you no longer need.
HELPING DESERVING CAUSES
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.
Last updated: 09/08/2021