Volunteers play a vital part in helping us to deliver the best service possible to the homeless and vulnerable adults in our community.
More than 90 volunteers of all ages, backgrounds and cultures give their time to Open Door. People volunteer for many reasons, perhaps to give something to the local community or to gain valuable experience.
Working as a volunteer at Open Door can be very rewarding, and provides:
The range of volunteering opportunities is diverse, from working within the kitchen to becoming an Ambassador for the charity. We aim to match an individual’s preference and skills with the opportunities on offer. You can give as little or as much time as you wish. Some roles will require regular commitment but others are more flexible.
Please complete an application form to register your interest.
Or contact the volunteer co-ordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
Kitchen Assistant (Drop in Service)
Time: 2.00pm – 4pm.
Hours Required: two hours
The role of a drop in kitchen assistant is vital at Open Door. Working with others, volunteers are responsible for preparing and serving lunch for up to 25 guests.
Tasks can include making sandwiches, heating soup, or making a pasta bake. Volunteers need to be able to cater for all dietary requirements and work with the ingredients available on the day. It can sometimes be a bit of a ready, steady, cook, with volunteers creating fabulous dishes, sometimes working with unusual ingredients!
The drop in runs from 2.30pm – 4pm and guests are welcome to have lunch and receive any support from the staff team that they might need.
The drop in can be fast paced, and volunteers need to be able to work quickly at times to keep up with food orders.
A full induction is given and volunteers will receive the relevant food safety training.
Normally two volunteers work alongside each other, committing to a regular weekly shift of two hours.
Kitchen Assistant (Night Shelter)
Time: 6pm – 8pm.
Hours required : two hours
Volunteers are responsible for preparing and serving a hot cooked meal to the 12 guests staying at the night shelter.
We have a monthly menu which includes popular dishes such as spaghetti bolognese, chicken curry, sausage, and mash etc. Pudding and desserts are always welcome too.
Volunteers cook and serve the meals ready for 7.30pm, usually working in a team of two.
Volunteers clear away after service, load the dishwasher, wash any pots and pans and clean the kitchen and dining area.
Full training is given, and all volunteers must complete Level 2 (online) training in food safety before joining a team. Training is provided by the charity.
Normally volunteers commit to a weekly or fortnightly shift of 2 hours.
Open Door staff are always available to answer any questions.
If you are a budding chef then this role might be for you.
Food Bank Volunteer
Time: Flexible (Friday 1-3pm)
Hours required: 4 hours per month.
This role requires volunteers, or a group, who can give up their time twice a month, to collect food donations from the foodbank in St Albans and deliver it to Open Door. This role involves sorting all the dried goods into date order, making sure donations are rotated correctly and liaising directly with the Food Bank. The volunteer would need use of their own car or van.
This role does involve collecting pallets of food, lifting and moving of goods. A volunteer with good mobility and who is comfortable lifting heavy items is essential.
Training in manual handling will be given prior to volunteering.
Donation pickup and delivery driver
Time: Ad hoc
This role is on an ad hoc basis. The charity often receive offers of donations last minute. This role requires flexibility to collect donations locally at short notice as and when donations are offered.
The donations could be at any time but usually supermarket and shop donations of food, tend to be in the evening after 5pm.
Social Media Volunteer
Hours required: 2 hours per week
The role is to regularly update supporters via the Charity’s Facebook and Instagram page.
Adding posts and videos of campaigns, supporters and any other news when required. To signpost any specific questions to the fundraising co-ordinator and respond to comments in a timely manner.
The volunteer may also be working alongside other local partner agencies as required.
Harvest Donation Co-ordinator
Hours required: 2hrs per week.
This is role is to support the volunteer co-ordinator in the run up to Harvest and the subsequent weeks after the Harvest festival. The charity is fortunate to work in partnership with several local schools and churches who donate food supplies each year. The role is to liase with the schools and churches, answer any questions and organise suitable times for donations to be collected or delivered to Open Door.
To photograph donations and to offer thanks to the schools and churches for the donations.
The role also involves helping to sort through donations and to help organise them in the cellar after they have been received.
Winter Beds Volunteer
Timing: December to March
The Open Door Winter Beds Project is run by volunteers, who help support the smooth running of the Winter Beds Project each winter. Volunteers are needed in the evening, throughout the night and in the morning to perform a variety of roles including:
There are also volunteer opportunities to support the Winter Beds Project Manager in coordinating volunteers.
The Winter Beds Project runs between December and March each year. Volunteers are on a rota and only called upon if the weather becomes severe. Volunteers will be provided with full training, provided by Housing Justice, and supported by a Project Manager and an experienced team of staff from The Open Door Night Shelter.