Volunteers’ Week 2019

This year, Volunteers’ Week is about celebrating the huge range of people who give their time to Shelter in so many ways and the fantastic contribution they all make.

Our volunteers help us fight bad housing and homelessness and really make a difference – and we couldn’t do it without them.

From shops, to services, to Head Office here’s what both our volunteers and staff members enjoy most about Volunteers’ Week

‘I love meeting people who donate and those who buy from the shop, knowing they too help out homeless people.’

Shop volunteer
‘Big thanks to all our amazing volunteers. The shop wouldn't be open without you. You're the reason I get out of bed in the morning!’

Community shop manager
West Scotland
‘I always enjoy being able to see an individual realise their situation isn't hopeless and being able to help them achieve their goals.’

IRC/Triage volunteer

A Shelter volunteer laughs as she decorates the window of one of our charity shops

‘A huge thank you to all those who volunteer at Shelter. You not only provide support to our clients but also to the staff, which is invaluable in ensuring we’re able to help as many people as possible.’

Team leader
Hackney Services
‘My favourite part of volunteering is when customers know my name and come in to shop on a regular basis. Also, when customers bring in cakes for us.’

Shop volunteer
‘To all our volunteers, you have no idea what a difference you make to clients and members of the team. You are inspirational, and your fresh new ideas and boundless enthusiasm keep us on our toes. Thank you!’

ASG Bristol

Two smiling Shelter volunteers work together on a display in a furniture charity shop

How to get involved

From Shelter shops to our fundraising events, there are so many ways you can volunteer with us and make a real difference – all while developing your own skills. Want to find out more? Explore the different roles below.


Volunteer at a Shelter shop

Giving your time in one of our charity shops is a great way to get involved in your local community. Volunteer in one our stores nationwide.

Become a shop volunteer
Become a shop volunteer


Volunteering roles

From supporting HR to helping people with housing issues, you can make a difference by applying for one of our current volunteering roles.

View opportunities
View opportunities


Volunteer at a Shelter event

From cheering on runners at the Great North Run to greeting the crowds at Stand up for Shelter, lend a hand at a Shelter event.

Sign up for event volunteering
Sign up for event volunteering

About Shelter

Shelter helps millions of people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness through our advice, support and legal services. And we campaign to make sure that one day, no one will have to turn to us for help.

We’re here so no one has to fight bad housing or homelessness on their own.