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Volunteering For Homeless Charities In Middlesbrough

Volunteering For Homeless Charities In Middlesbrough

As reported by leading homeless charity Shelter in late 2018, Middlesbrough has the highest number of homeless people across the North East. More than 120 people in the town are classed as homeless, with a significant number of these people forced to sleep rough out on the streets.

If you can't stand the thought of anyone being in this position in your local area, or hate the fact that people spend the night in hostels with no real place to call home, volunteering for one of the homeless charities in Middlesbrough could be the perfect thing to do.

As well as making a real difference in your local community, volunteering in this area can bring you an incredible sense of achievement. With the possibility you might pick up some useful new skills and make some new friends along the way, read on to discover more about some of the fantastic volunteering Middlesbrough has to offer.


Depaul UK

With more than 30 years of experience helping disadvantaged young people across Great Britain, Depaul UK has spread its wings to operate in a range of countries including France, America and the Republic of Ireland. With a core belief that no young person should ever face the need to sleep rough, the charity provides a number of services to keep youngsters away from homelessness.

One of the most valuable of these is the charity's Nightstop service, which provides emergency accommodation through volunteers opening up their homes as hosts. Nightstop North East has a branch in Middlesbrough, which you could join as a trained volunteer or by helping with things like admin tasks and ongoing support.

Emmaus North East

If you want to help Middlesbrough charities that help people affected by homelessness get their lives back on track, Emmaus is a wonderful organisation to get involved with. The charity runs around 30 residential sites across the UK, providing a secure place for formerly homeless people to live, as well as a job to point them in the right direction.

Emmaus North East has a number of charity shops in the North East not far from Middlesbrough, including in Gateshead, Hebburn and South Shields. You could help out by volunteering with Emmaus at a shop or even at a residential site.

Middlesbrough Foodbank

The Trussell Trust is an incredible nationwide organisation that supports a network of over 1,200 food banks. The Middlesbrough Foodbank has centres in a range of locations across the town, as well as a depot at Southbank's Skippers Lane Industrial Estate on Wallis Road.

You could help out Middlesbrough Foodbank by volunteering with the charity. You may find yourself organising donations at the warehouse, delivering them or even handing out food parcels to the people that rely on them to feed both themselves and their family.


Established more than half a century ago, Crisis has grown into its role as a leading voice in the fight against homelessness. As well as its campaigning and research efforts, it also provides wide-ranging support to help people get their lives back on track, including housing advice, training and education.

You could help out by volunteering with Crisis in nearby Newcastle or getting involved with the North East's huge 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: 30/06/2021

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