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Volunteering For Homeless Charities In Watford

Volunteering For Homeless Charities In Watford

With a previous study showing Watford to be ranked 36th in the top areas for homelessness in the UK, this is clearly a local issue that needs to be addressed. If this makes you feel like you want to do something to help, there are plenty of Watford charities you can get involved with.

Below we've listed some of the best homeless charities Watford has to offer, providing you with some information about each one and outlining why they need your help. Volunteering is a fantastic way show your support, whether you want to work on your CV for a future career or simply fill up some time in your diary by helping a good cause.


Herts Young Homeless

Established in 1998, Herts Young Homeless provides free support to young people aged between 16 and 24 who are either homeless or at risk of homelessness. It also offers specific preventative projects for under-16s and their families, as well as for over-24s who have complex needs such as severe mental health problems.

Based in Hatfield not far from Watford, you could volunteer with Herts Young Homeless and help its efforts to provide the advice and support necessary to keep homelessness at bay. You could find yourself helping out with admin tasks or managing social media accounts. You could also become an ambassador for the charity or join campaigns to spread the word.

Haven First

Around half an hour's drive away in Stevenage, this charity provides shelter and support for people who are experiencing homelessness across North Hertfordshire.

Volunteering with Haven First is a great way to help the charity out. You may find yourself preparing meals, picking up donations for sorting and delivering them elsewhere, or even helping to maintain its properties.

YMCA West And Central Herts

Part of the One YMCA group which has offices, hostels, nurseries, gyms and community centres across Hertfordshire, the YMCA West and Central Herts branch is based in Charter House in Watford's town centre.

You could volunteer with YMCA West And Central Herts and help contribute to the charity's youth work, sports, exercise and fitness activities or housing efforts. You could also get involved with fundraising, marketing and administration, or even join the board at some point.

Watford Food Bank

If you want to get involved with a local charity through your volunteering Watford has plenty of options, including this branch of the Trussell Trust. With more than 1,000 food banks around the country, the Watford effort is based in a number of locations around the town.

You could volunteer with Watford Food Bank by helping out at the main warehouse on Imperial Way in the north of town or at one of the centres at Wellspring Church or Christ Church on St Albans Road. You could also lend your support to the Watford Food Bank by donating food or handing out supplies at one of the locations in Watford and South Oxhey.

Emmaus Hertfordshire

The Emmaus model is a wonderful idea, with the charity's network of around 30 residential sites and array of shops providing both work and a home for more than 800 people across the UK.

The Hertfordshire community is based just the other side of the M25 from Watford in St Albans, and runs shops in Harpenden, Hemel Hempstead, Hertford and Tring, as well as St Albans. This gives you a good amount of options if you're looking to volunteer with Emmaus Hertfordshire.


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: 29/07/2021

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