Volunteering For Homeless Charities In Southampton
The UK is in the midst of a homelessness crisis. According to a representative of the city's council, at least 500 people in Southampton are threatened with some form of homelessness. With 8,000 people on the city's housing waiting list, many people are just one payday away from potentially becoming homeless.
Homelessness can strike for many reasons, from breakdowns in relationships to mental health problems, addiction and escaping domestic violence and abuse. Thankfully, there are Southampton charities equipped to help homeless people, but they couldn't do their work without support from people like you.
Volunteering is a hugely rewarding thing to do, so why not take a look at some of the homeless charities Southampton plays host to below. If you're looking to begin volunteering, Southampton has plenty of options to choose between. You could set yourself new challenges, build up your skills and expand your horizons by meeting lots of new people.
HOMELESS CHARITIES IN SOUTHAMPTON THAT NEED YOUR SUPPORT
A charity People's Postcode Lottery is proud to support, our players have raised over £6 Million so far for Crisis. Offering specialist help and support, it provides training and education that aims to equip people with the tools they need to put their homelessness behind them.
You could help out in a number of ways by looking for opportunities near you. Find out how you can volunteer with Crisis.
With offices in countries such as Ireland, France and the United States, Depaul UK has quickly grown into a hugely positive and international force for change since opening its doors in 1989. Our players have raised over £12 Million for Depaul UK so far.
You could help out by volunteering at Depaul's nearest support centre to Southampton, getting involved with a sporting programme or opening up your home as a Nightstop host.
The 19th Emmaus community to open in the UK, Emmaus Hampshire is now one of around 30 communities that offer residential sites to homeless people. These provide safe and secure accommodation to people for as long as they need it, giving them the chance to rebuild their lives and put their homelessness in the past.
Emmaus has a charity shop on Janson Road in Shirley, as well as in Eastleigh and Winchester. There are several options available for volunteering with the charity. You could even help from the comfort of your own home by running the charity's social media accounts, boosting its online presence and keeping members up to date with all the latest information.
With a drop-in centre in Southampton, No Limits was founded in 1993 and now supports more than 7,000 young people every year. Many of these are highly vulnerable or in crisis, and rely on the charity for crucial help and support.
After providing immediate assistance, No Limits then offers other free services including one-on-one counselling and support for things such as homelessness, substance misuse and anxiety. Volunteering with No Limits is a great way to help out the charity.
Society Of St James
Established back in 1972, the Society of St James helps around 2,500 vulnerable adults and young people every year. With a mission to help people in Hampshire who are homeless, unemployed or who have problems with addiction, it provides housing, support, training and employment opportunities.
You could help out the Society of St James by volunteering at one of the local day centres that provide things like breakfast, showers, laundry facilities and emotional support. You could also get involved with the charity's Big Sleep Out event or Christmas appeal.
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: 25/05/2021
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