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Volunteering For Homeless Charities In Worthing

Volunteering For Homeless Charities In Worthing

The number of homeless sleepers and rough sleepers in Worthing has been on the rise in recent years. The work of the homeless charities Worthing plays host to remains absolutely vital.

A timely intervention from an outreach worker can mean the difference between life and death, while according to charity Shelter, tens of thousands of people in the area are thought to be at risk of homelessness just a month after a potential job loss. Whether you're in this position or not, the UK's rising homelessness problem is something that most of us are deeply concerned about.

One of the best ways you can join the fight against this awful problem is through volunteering. It's a great way to give something back to your local community while picking up some new skills and making new friends along the way. You can read more about some of the Worthing charities that need your help below.


Turning Tides

If you want to get involved with a local organisation that makes a real difference in this area through volunteering, Worthing has a brilliant charity called Turning Tides. Having started life in 1991 as Worthing Churches Homeless Projects, it has become so much more than just a charity that puts a roof over the heads of those sleeping rough.

While still performing this important role, Turning Tides is now involved in research and campaigns to try and end local homelessness. It also puts on an array of training courses and events to help people move forward with their lives in a positive manner. All this gives you plenty of opportunities to volunteer with Turning Tides, whether you're getting involved with counselling, education, motivational interviewing or outreach services. You could also help out at the charity's shop on Montague Street right next to the waterfront Marine Parade.

Worthing Foodbank

As part of the Trussell Trust network which supports more than 1,200 food banks across the UK, Worthing Foodbank is based at Jubilee Church on St Dunstan's Road and also has a centre on Chapel Road.

You could volunteer with Worthing Foodbank and help out with tasks like collecting donations, transporting them to the food bank or handing them out to clients. You could also get involved by donating some spare tins or pitching in at a supermarket collection day.

Emmaus Brighton & Hove

An incredible charity that actually began life in Paris in 1949, the UK was blessed with its first Emmaus residential site in the early 90s. There are now around 30 sites around the country, with the Brighton community opening in a former convent in 1997.

The charity helps formerly homeless people to move away from a life on the streets by providing them with a stable roof over their head, as well as a job. Whether you want to volunteer with Emmaus at the residential community or one of the local charity shops, you'll have less than 10 miles to travel along the coast from Worthing.


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: 05/08/2021

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