Volunteer with Groundswell

Groundswell believes that experience of homelessness is an asset – and that through volunteering that asset can be used to support others who are experiencing homelessness and change policy and services to make them more effective.

Volunteering can also provide the structure and support that can help people move further away from homelessness and make a bigger contribution to our communities. As one of our volunteers explains:

“As a Peer you can share your experience and show there is a solution, then clients can find their own confidence and begin advocating for themselves.”

Volunteering is at the centre of Groundswell’s work. We offer volunteering opportunities to people who have experienced homelessness in the form of Peer Advocacy, Peer Education and Peer Research. All our volunteering opportunities are supported by our Volunteer Progression Programme.

Current Volunteering Roles

Groundswell Women’s Health Peer Researchers

Role Title: Peer Researcher

Location: Central London

Application deadline: 11th March 2019 at 5pm

Opportunity type: Volunteer Role

Role Description:

Peer Research is conducted by people with lived experience. The issues that are being explored, in this case females with experience of homelessness.

Peer Researchers are trained to develop research skills and work alongside professional researchers using personal experience to shape the way research will be conducted.

We are looking for a team of volunteer peer-researchers who can undertake interviews with women who have experienced homelessness in London. This is a short-term project for six months running through March 2019 and September 2019 in which you will visit services across London to conduct one-to-one interviews and questionnaires.

Download the volunteer pack here.

Download the recruitment poster here.

Groundswell Homeless Health Peer Roles

Role Title: Women’s Homeless Health – In Reach Volunteer, Homeless Health – In Reach Volunteer, Homeless Health Peer Advocacy Service (HHPA)

Location: Central London

Application deadline: Ongoing

Opportunity type: Volunteer Role

Role Description:

We are currently open to applications for three volunteering roles that are aimed at supporting homeless people to address their health needs. The role is only for people who have been homeless themselves, who can use their own experiences to support others.

Download the volunteer pack here.

Groundswell Newcastle Voices Peer Researchers

Role Title: Peer Researcher

Location: Newcastle

Application deadline: 5pm Friday 8th February

Opportunity type: Volunteer Role

Role Description: We are looking for 8 volunteers in Newcastle who have been homeless or have experienced being at risk of homelessness to take part in a research project. The research will explore how Newcastle City Council and homelessness services in the city involve homeless people in the way they use services. As a volunteer Peer Researcher, you will help design the research and visit services across Newcastle to speak to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness about their experiences and how they would like to be involved in reviewing and designing services.

Download the volunteer pack here.

Download the application form here.

Download the recruitment poster here.