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.

Current Volunteering Opportunities

Peer Researcher (six roles available)

Project length: October 2019 – March 2020
Application deadline: Tuesday 24th September at 5pm
Training: if successful, peer researchers must complete the two day training with Groundswell in late September/early October.
Location: London-wide (training in Groundswell’s office in Brixton, London)

We are looking for volunteer peer researchers for a project we are starting in October on welfare, health and homelessness. The role would be great for someone who enjoys listening to others, who is interested in peoples stories and who is passionate about tackling issues around homelessness.

The role is suitable for anyone who has lived experience of homelessness. This can include rough sleeping, sofa surfing, temporary accommodation, night shelter etc.

This is a short-term project for six months running through October 2019 to March 2020 in which you will visit services across London to conduct one-to-one interviews and questionnaires. This research project will explore the challenges people face accessing health and welfare when they are homeless.

For more information and to apply click here.

Peer Advocate (multiple roles available)

Application deadline: Friday 20th September at 5pm
Training: if successful, peer advocates must complete a four week training programme with Groundswell starting on Wednesday 9th October.
Location: London-wide (training in Groundswell’s office in Brixton, London)

We are looking for volunteers who have experience of homelessness to support people who are currently homeless to help them to access healthcare.

As a Homeless Health Peer Advocate you will:

  • Visit homelessness services across London to speak to homeless clients about their health.
  • Deliver one-to-one engagements to enable people experiencing homelessness to make and attend health appointments.
  • Support occasional group work sessions to help people better understand their health concerns and encourage clients to attend health appointments.
  • Accompany clients to a variety of appointments, including doctors, hospital, dental and many more.
  • In addition you will provide practical support, such as travel fares which will be covered by groundswell.
  • Peer Advocates focus on building the skills and confidence to enable clients to continue accessing health services independently.

For more information and to apply click here.