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.
Hammersmith and Fulham Rough Sleepers Commission: Peer Researcher
Role: Peer Researcher
Project: Hammersmith & Fulham Rough Sleeper Commission
Deadline for applications: Tuesday 2nd May 2017
Summary of Role: We are looking for a team of 2 volunteer peer-researchers who can undertake interviews with people who have experienced rough sleeping in Hammersmith & Fulham. This is a short term project running through May & June in which you will visit homelessness services in Hammersmith and Fulham to conduct one-to-one and group interviews with people who have slept rough in the borough. Peer Researchers must fully complete the 2 day training with Groundswell held at the Groundswell office in Vauxhall.
To download an information pack and expression of interest form click here.
If you have any questions about becoming a Peer Advocate please contact Martin Burrows or call 03000 039 600.