Interested in volunteering?

Our volunteers run night shelters in 22 churches between London Bridge and Croydon.

Volunteers make the work of the Robes Project possible. We are a volunteer based charity and estimate that approximately 400 people give their time to the project.

Volunteering at the Night Shelter
Below is a list of some of the volunteer roles and opportunities for involvement with the project:

  1. At each of the night shelter venues there is a team of volunteers who run the night shelter. The volunteers: welcome guests, prepare drinks, socialise, cook and serve dinner, stay overnight, wash laundry and cook breakfast. Within each team there are a number of team leaders who liaise with the church leader and the Robes Project when planning for the winter and who prepare the volunteer rota at their venue.*
  2. A dedicated team of volunteers sort the equipment for the night shelter venues and deliver and collect the bedding and beds during the winter. The team do a vital job in the logistics of running the project.
  3. Churches and community centres offer their space as a venue for the night shelter. 22 venues host the night shelter between November and April. The venues offer space for 15-20 people and appropriate facilities. The venues and the Robes Project work in partnership to offer high standards in the temporary accommodation we provide.

If you are interested in volunteering for the Robes Project, please contact the Robes Project Coordinator via email robes.coordinator@slm-bermondsey.org.uk. If you have ideas about ways in which you can support the work of the charity which are not listed above, please do email your idea!

*Please do not be disappointed if we do not have opportunities to volunteer at the night shelter. This is often the most popular choice amongst willing volunteers. If we cannot offer you the chance to volunteer immediately, we will keep your details on our database.


Mentoring programme
The volunteer mentors will work in pairs to support guests in preparing for job interviews and help them to best present themselves to future employers. They will also offer practical support where possible, such as providing travelcards to get to interviews. The mentors will be there to:

  • talk through their future employment aspirations,
  • review their CVs or job applications (where appropriate),
  • discuss recent interviews – what went well and what they’d like to do differently next time (if anything) and how the guests felt about the experience, and
  • go through general advice for dealing with experiences in the workplace.

The Robes Project will usually have 2 or 3 guests who are actively looking for work.

Time commitment and location
Mentors will volunteer for up to three months and will meet with their mentees approximately once a week. The sessions will take place at the night shelter on the same day each week, between 7 and 8pm and then the volunteers we be invited to join all the guests for dinner.

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