Volunteer with us

Our team of volunteers play a vital role at The Clock Tower Sancutary - we couldn't keep our doors open with them! 

Helping in the day centre 

Volunteers are a vital part of The Clock Tower Sanctuary team. They help with the day-to-day running of the day centre and provide support and a friendly welcome to the young homeless people who come here.

If you volunteer with us you'll be working directly with the young people who use our service. You'll spend time getting to know them, chatting and offering them support. You'll also help with things like putting away food donations, making up care packages and popping out to get fresh food for meals.

We'll give you lots of training and backup so that you feel well-prepared for the role. You'll learn transferable skills and gain experience that can open up lots of career opportunities. We'll provide introductory training modules and on-going opportunities for learning and development. We have morning and afternoon check ins and check outs, bi-monthly supervisions, volunteer meetings and socials so you'll feel well-supported and part of a team.

Volunteering in the day centre can be challenging, as many of our clients are coping with some very difficult situations, but the impact you’ll have on building their confidence and helping them set goals for their future is really rewarding.

What we look for in volunteers

We welcome people of all ages who can:

  • be empathetic to the needs of young homeless people
  • have effective communication and interpersonal skills
  • maintain safe personal boundaries and confidentiality
  • work as a team and support colleagues
  • commit to one shift a week (9.30-3pm on weekdays or 10.30-4pm on Saturdays) for a minimum of six months.

The young people we work with need stability and consistency, so we look for volunteers who can make a regular commitment. You don't need to  have experience working with young people.

We will be recruiting more volunteers in early 2020. We would particularly welcome applications from black and minority ethnic people and the LGBTQ community, who are currently under represented in our volunteer team.

Due to the nature of our work, we are unable to offer volunteering in the day centre over Christmas. If you would like to offer your time we are running street collections on Thursday 5th and Saturday 14th December and would welcome more help! Please email lorna@thects.org.uk



“ I really look forward to helping out on my Friday shift, it's my favourite part of the week. To see our clients grow and to celebrate their achievements with them is incredible. I'm proud to be part of the support and guidance The Clock Tower Sanctuary provides. ”

- Alex, volunteer

We will be recruiting more day centre volunteers in early 2020. If you’d like to find out more please e-mail recruitment@thects.org.uk

Or have you got a few   hours to spare?

We're always in need of willing helpers for:

  • street collections and fundraising events 
  • cheering on our runners in the Brighton Marathon
  • presenting to school assemblies
  • picking up donations from community groups
  • looking after our coin boxes in shops and pubs

We would love to hear from you if you can spare a few hours or your company encourages you to volunteer! Please e-mail lorna@thects.org.uk