From the early days of the Charity, volunteers have always been at the heart of Open Door, especially in preparing and serving meals. Volunteers also give our service-users valuable informal social contact, and are intrinsic to their well-being while they stay at Open Door. There are many benefits to working as a volunteer at Open Door including:
Induction training is provided for all new volunteers. Further training is organised during the year and is often held at weekends to enable volunteers who work during the week to attend. Support is always available for volunteers from members of staff and the volunteer coordinator. The range of volunteering opportunities available with Open Door is diverse; we aim to match an individual’s preference and skills with the opportunities on offer.
"Thank you for all the help and kindness you gave us."
"The volunteers are exceptional people who all go the extra mile."
"Were it not for a facility like Open Door, I dread to think where I would have ended up and what would have happened on the way. To be treated with respect as a human being and not be judged in that situation restored self-esteem and self-worth in an instant."
Here is what some of our volunteers have said about their experience volunteering with Open Door
" I really enjoy volunteering at Open Door. I love meeting all the different people there and try to be alongside them for the hour or so we meet.
I recognise that I am lucky for the life I have and from volunteering understand better how small changes in circumstances in your life can make you very suddenly vulnerable and think that a Open Door offers valuable support so I enjoy being able to help in a practical way.
I love the "Ready Steady Cook" style challenge of opening the fridge on arrival and wondering what to do but the fear of no mayonnaise or chilli sauce does sometimes give me sleepless nights!!! "
If you would like to support Open Door through volunteering then please contact the volunteer coordinator, Sarah Chambers on 01727 859113, 07912 631393 or email by clicking here . Alternatively complete our application form here, or contact us using the form below.
Your help really matters to the homeless.