Volunteering

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Welcome to our volunteering page. Now you are here, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest in volunteering at the Hope Centre and I hope you find the page useful and informative in helping you decide if volunteering at the Hope Centre is right for you. We have a strong culture of volunteering and are very grateful to all those who offer their time and skills and we recognise that the Hope Centre would be unable to function without the help and goodwill of all its volunteers and with this in mind may I wish you well being part of the Hope Centre team. As you grow into working with us you will learn more about our mission and we will grow stronger having you with us.

The Hope Centre is a Christian organisation which welcomes people who are homeless and disadvantaged, whatever the reasons and circumstances might be. Our mission is to provide resources which encourage, inspire and challenge homeless people to transform their lives. We hope that we engage you in productive tasks that give you some sense of achievement from your voluntary work. We are looking for volunteer Monday to Friday 8am to 1pm.

Our ethos towards volunteering changed during 2011. My first year as the new volunteer co-ordinator, funded by The Big Lottery has been very challenging especially with the introduction of client volunteers but, extremely rewarding. Understanding the role of volunteers, especially our client volunteers and what their needs are can be very complicated and complex and often frustrating. It is only through really getting to know our client group that you can begin to understand that for some each day is very different. It can take huge amounts of time and effort to work with our volunteers but the outcomes for both parties has been amazing.

The project has gone very well to date with 61 clients having access to volunteering throughout the first year. An induction process has been developed and handbook designed offering all the information new volunteers require in order to perform their role. I feel we are now in a position to begin working towards our achieving ‘Investing in Volunteering’ quality mark and gain recognition for all the hard work the Hope Centre does.

It would be impossible to overstate that if were not for our volunteers who come and help cook, clean, serve, befriend, run our front line reception area and generally help the Hope Centre function day to day we would not be able to offer the services we do. They volunteer for no financial gain and in their free time. They are an essential part of the team and I am very grateful to all of them.

We aim to fulfil our mission by providing the following:

  • Nourishing food
  • A friendly atmosphere for conversation and relaxation
  • Workshops to improve life skills
  • One to one support from our volunteer team
  • A base for Big Issue vendors
  • Client outings
  • Computer suite with internet access
  • Shower and toilet facilities
  • Opportunities to volunteer
  • Offer a genuine voice in the way our services are delivered and developed

Where do our volunteers come from?

  • Church groups
  • Individuals
  • Ex clients
  • Family and friends
  • Groups
  • Corporate volunteers
  • University and college
  • Northampton Volunteering Centre
  • Job Centre and other agencies
  • Do-it website
  • Everyday walks of life

There is no typical volunteer at the Hope Centre, we embrace diversity and believe everyone can contribute in their own way.