Volunteering For Homeless Charities In Worcester
According to leading homeless charity Shelter, Worcester has one of the worst rates of homelessness in the Midlands region. Outreach projects have had a positive effect on the number of rough sleepers in the city over recent years, but workers have still identified large numbers of people who are at risk of spending their nights on the streets.
If the thought of this is something that inspires you to give something back to your local community, you can read more about some of the best homeless charities Worcester plays host to below. After doing so, hopefully you'll decide that volunteering with one of these great organisations is a worthwhile way to spend some of your time.
HOMELESS CHARITIES IN WORCESTER THAT NEED YOUR SUPPORT
Maggs Day Centre
Founded in 1984 in response to a homeless man dying after spending years sleeping rough on the streets, Maggs Day Centre is all about promoting positive life changes.
It aims to improve the self-confidence and prospects of homeless and vulnerable people through a range of services, including a direct access drop-in centre, outreach projects and an activity centre. This gives you lots of different ways to volunteer with Maggs Day Centre. You could even help out with the charity's clothing project instead.
North Worcestershire Basement Project
Working primarily with young people aged between 16 and 25 who are either homeless or at risk of homelessness, North Worcestershire Basement Project began life as the Bromsgrove Youth Homelessness Forum at the turn of the millennium. Still based in Bromsgrove, the charity now helps people right across Worcestershire.
As well as a drop-in service that operates five days a week, the organisation also offers its Floating Support service, which provides support to young people who are in tenancies but vulnerable to the threat of homelessness. You could volunteer with North Worcestershire Basement Project and help out with things like debt advice, eviction, training, employment or even provide emotional advice.
St Paul's Hostel Worcester
After opening its first hostel back in March 1977, St Paul's has continued to help homeless people in Worcester ever since. The charity now runs a 46-bed hostel near the city centre, as well as a home with seven beds on Bromyard Road which helps people who are trying to become drug and alcohol free.
As well as safe, secure beds, St Paul's also helps people to move on into permanent housing. You could volunteer with St Paul's in this area or by helping out as a job coach. You could also offer to help provide counselling services or get involved with the charity's kitchen assistant training project.
Caring For Communities And People
Established in 1989, Caring for Communities and People (CCP) started out by opening a 12-bed hostel in Cheltenham. It has grown a huge amount over the years, now helping children, young people, families and vulnerable adults across Gloucestershire, Worcestershire, Wiltshire and Dorset.
This growth is in no small part down to the efforts of more than 150 volunteers who support a staff of around 100. You could help CCP by volunteering at the head office in Cheltenham just over 20 miles from Worcester, getting involved in community wellbeing services or assisting with things like parenting and family support.
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: 11/06/2021