On Monday 4 January 2021, the UK government published guidance for the new nationwide lockdown.
Volunteering is included as one of the activities that you are permitted to leave your home to carry out.
“You can also leave your home to provide voluntary or charitable services.”
“Where a group includes someone covered by an exception (for example, someone who is working or volunteering), they are not generally counted as part of the gatherings limit.”
“There are still circumstances in which you are allowed to meet others from outside your household, childcare or support bubble in larger groups, but this should not be for socialising and only for permitted purposes for work, or providing voluntary or charitable services, where it is unreasonable to do so from home.”
As with previous lockdowns and restrictions, any volunteering for Crisis will be carried out in a Covid-19 secure environment, with appropriate PPE and in many cases remotely.
Please see the map below to find any opportunities available in your area or remotely.
Volunteering with your company is a great way to bring real expertise and impact that can change the lives of homeless people.
We have a range of meaningful opportunities that enable our corporate volunteers to develop their skills and understand how they can make a contribution to ending homelessness.
Our Skylight centre buildings are closed and we are supporting people online where possible.
Volunteering with your company can bring a wealth of expertise to everyone affected by homelessness.
You will gain experience of working with a major UK homelessness charity. We provide you with an opportunity to be part of a friendly team who are committed to ending homelessness and the knowledge that your role is making a difference to our members' lives.
We also provide a supportive environment in which to share your existing skills and develop new ones. You will have access to support as and when required including relevant training.
This is entirely role-dependent and there may be greater flexibility depending on the role. Please consider whether you can commit to this before applying.
We expect all our volunteers to understand and comply with our policies and procedures.
We aim to respond to your application within five working days, although in some cases we may ask you to provide a bit more information.
Some of our roles require a disclosure check, these can take up to two weeks to come back.
As we get lots of applications not everyone is invited to interview. If successful we will invite you to an interview within two weeks of your application. Your interview may need to take place virtually, and we will support you with this.
Potential volunteers will be invited to an informal interview, either over the phone, virtually or face to face with their Volunteer Coordinator and, where possible, their potential Volunteer Supervisor.
Try not to worry about this, it is just an opportunity for us to get to know each other and for both parties to ask questions.
In a small amount of cases, where we have a large number of applicants, we may need to hold competitive interviews, but we will let you know about this beforehand.
There are different induction options depending on the role that you are applying for, but all volunteers will be asked to complete the Online Volunteer Induction – this should take around half an hour to complete – and the majority of volunteers will be invited to our Member Facing Volunteer Induction, this session lasts around three hours and may be carried out online with your coordinator, or in a classroom setting. The induction covers Crisis and its history, causes of homelessness, safeguarding, homelessness and health, confidentiality and professional boundaries.
You will be given access to the Crisis Learn site, on which you can complete modules on topics such as ‘Safeguarding’, ‘Equality and Diversity’ and ‘Data Protection’. There is a wide variety of online modules that you will have access to. We hope that this method of learning will help those who struggle to find the time to attend face to face sessions. Each module should take you no more than half an hour. Some roles require additional training eg Fundraising Volunteers and Literacy Coaches will attend role specific workshops to help them feel prepared for their roles.
You will also be invited to optional training sessions throughout the year - past topics have included ‘Mental Health’ and ‘Introduction to Homelessness’ – it is completely up to you whether you would like to attend these or not, they may take place online or in a classroom setting.