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Volunteering For Homeless Charities In Woking

Volunteering For Homeless Charities In Woking

Previously, homeless charity Shelter ranked Woking as being in the top 12 worst places for homelessness in the South East of England, with more than 400 people living in temporary accommodation or sleeping rough on the streets.

If you want to join the effort to reverse this alarming trend, why not volunteer for one of the homeless charities Woking plays host to? There are few better ways to make a difference in your local community than by donating your time to a good cause.

So read on to discover more about some of the volunteering Woking has to offer, as you start getting excited about your next steps in the charity sector. Whether you're a seasoned volunteer or a first-timer, volunteering is a wonderful way to help out, meet new people and pick up new skills.


Emmaus Surrey

If you want to get involved with Woking charities that make a real difference in reintegrating homeless people back into society, you'll be hard pressed to find a better one than Emmaus. This national charity runs 30 residential sites across the UK, providing jobs for formerly homeless people as well as a roof over their head.

Emmaus Surrey helps up to seven people at any one time through its community in Croydon, not far from Woking. There's another in nearby Lambeth offering a further 27 places. In addition to volunteering with Emmaus at a community, you could also help out at one of the charity's shops in places like Carshalton, Caterham, Purley and Wallington.


Established in 1967, Crisis has been at the forefront of the fight against homelessness for over half a century. As well as putting together a plan for ending homelessness once and for all on the back of its research and experience, the charity also helps thousands of people every year through its all-encompassing array of services.

You could help out by heading over to Croydon to volunteer with Crisis at the charity's Skylight centre, which offers emergency and ongoing support, as well as things like training courses and creative sessions. You could also help out by catching the train into London to volunteer at the charity's head office on Commercial Street.

Woking Community Furniture Project

An important local charity that supports thousands of people in the area, the Woking Community Furniture Project was founded in 1988. Collecting and restoring unwanted furniture and electrical items, the charity works closely with local council agencies, churches and other charities to identify people who are most in need of its services.

The project enables people who may be living in poverty or at risk of homelessness to pick up items for a much lower cost than they can find anywhere else, forming a service that can help people stay in their own homes. From upcycling furniture, collecting donations, volunteering in the shop or providing admin support there's many ways you could volunteer with Woking Community Furniture Project.

Surrey Care Trust

Having launched in 1982, Surrey Care Trust helps socially and economically disadvantaged people of all ages across the local area. Focusing on particularly deprived areas, it supports low-income families, vulnerable young people and low-skilled adults who may be at risk of falling into homelessness. For the people it helps, the charity runs an array of projects and programmes including training and education courses, mentoring, counselling and volunteering opportunities.

If you'd like to help Surrey Care Trust there are a number of ways you could get involved and contribute to the charity's important work.


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: 19/08/2021

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