New Hope enjoys the support of around 130 regular volunteers and, each year, more than 200 people will volunteer in some way.


The Big Imagine Sleepout
volunteers

The Reason

This year, New Hope are excited to be partnering with Imagine Property Group to host The Big Imagine Sleepout. The sleepout aims to raise awareness as well as vital funds to help those currently facing homelessness in Watford and the surrounding districts. We’re aiming for 300 people on the night and we are well on the way to achieving that number. It should be a great evening and we are excited what the night holds, but we need your help to make it happen. 

The Roles

Registration: Between 7.30-9.30pm

Signing in the participants and providing them with a wrist band, their box and a bin bag. 

Refreshments: Between 8pm-130pm and 6.30am-8am

Providing people with hot drinks and refreshments before and after the event.

Security

The most important thing is the safety of those participating. Therefore, we are seeking volunteers to take shifts throughout the event to maintain the security of the site. This may be manning the front gate, or taking an occasional wander to make sure the site is safe.

Set Up: from 6pm

We will need some helping hands before people arrive to set up a few tables and the site itself.

Pack Down:

We will begin to pack down when people wake up and aim to have it all cleared by 8:00am. If you’re handy with a litter pick, or feel you could help us pack away any signage, tables or marquees, let us know!

The Reward

New Hope has always relied on the vital support of our wonderful volunteers. In the same way The Big Imagine Sleepout requires the same. It’s a big event and an event that could make a real difference to those who are facing homelessness in Watford and the surrounding area. If you want to be involved in the sleepout but cant make the whole night, why not lend a hand and provide a warm and welcoming environment for those taking part?


General Drivers

The Reason

New Hope’s shops generate crucial income for our services to people in housing crisis in Watford. At present we have a shortage of drivers to pick up and deliver furniture donations and items to our shops and services. 

The Role

Drivers collect goods from residential and business premises using our New Hope vehicle, and then deliver them to our shops and services.  

The Right Volunteer

Drivers must be over 25 and have no more than three points on their driving license. The right volunteer must also be able to lift heavy bags,  boxes and furniture, and be available at least one morning or afternoon per week. Some flexibility is desirable as donations are sometimes offered to us at short notice.

The Reward

New Hope Drivers play a crucial role in keeping the flow of donations moving from the local community through our shops and into crucial funds for our work with local people in housing need. Therefore Drivers will gain a huge sense of satisfaction knowing they are fulfilling an important role ensuring that we can respond to the generosity of supporters and turn it into funds that regenerate lives here in Watford.


Volunteer Befriender

The Reason

This is an ideal volunteer role for someone who has the time to listen, wants to empower people, is able to support mental wellbeing and can help and support in building self-esteem and confidence.

This role has been created in order to help and support service users through their journey in building positive relationships while encouraging them to be more socially active i.e. going to the park or out for a coffee.

The Role

Typically, befriending meetings will take place every week or fortnight and last around two or three hours. What happens at each meeting will depend on the two participants, but activities could include a walk or simply a coffee and a chat. 

Other responsibilities may include:

  • Providing companionship and support
  • Help with linking into local activities eg leisure and sports centres, libraries, colleges and community events
  • Company and support in attending doctor or hospital appointments
  • Support in developing independent living skills eg cooking or gardening
  • Help in setting personal goals or objectives and working towards them
  • Regular meetings with the Community Home manager

The Right Volunteer

  • Good listening and communication skills
  • Patience and tact
  • A caring, sensitive manner and a non-judgemental approach
  • Reliable/dependable/flexible
  • Understanding of confidentiality (within New Hope Policies)
  • Have a positive outlook and enthusiastic
  • Willingness to help raise self-esteem/confidence through a positive befriending relationship

We ask for someone who can commit to a minimum of a 3 month period for consistency for our service users.

The Reward

The opportunity to support the work of our vital frontline services here in Watford, by using your skills to encourage the long term welfare of our service users. 

If successful in taking on this role, we provide you with an induction and the relevant training.  Volunteers are an integral and much valued part of the New Hope Team.


Breakfast volunteers at the Rough Sleeping Prevention Service

The Reason

The number of people rough sleeping is at an unprecedented level, both locally and nationally. 

The Service will be solely focused on supporting rough sleepers, sofa surfers, and those at immediate and urgent risk of homelessness, working with them in accessing safe and secure accommodation.

In the morning from 8:30-10am, the service will be providing a hot cooked breakfast for those eligible for the Rough Sleeping Prevention Service. And from 9:45am a takeaway lunch will be available. Access to showers, laundry and the clothes store will also be available.

Then from 10am, the Haven will only be accessible to those who have appointments with the new Rough Sleeping Prevention Service support workers. There will be an area for those waiting their appointment, where they can help themselves to a hot drink.

The Role

The role would involve working in the Haven Support Centre’s kitchen from 8am-11am Monday to Friday. The role involves: 

  • Cooking and serving a hot breakfast
  • Serving hot drinks (during the breakfast time).
  • Preparation of the takeaway lunch (sandwiches etc.)
  • Washing up and tidying the kitchen

This is an important role in ensuring the smooth running of the Service at the Haven.

The Right Volunteer

  • Be able to commit to helping one day a week
  • Be confident in the kitchen
  • Be reliable and punctual
  • Be able to work under pressure
  • Be able to follow instructions and work within set guidelines 
  • Have the ability to build good rapport
  • Have a good awareness of boundaries
  • Be able to say no
  • Be able to stand up for the period of volunteering
  • Be able to work well independently and as part of a team

Your Reward

The opportunity to work together with New Hope in helping and supporting those who rough sleeping or sofa surfing.

You will receive full appropriate training (e.g. Food Hygiene Certificate) and ongoing support from the staff team at the Rough Sleeping Prevention Service. Volunteers are an integral and much valued part of the New Hope Team.


Events Volunteer

The Reason

New Hope runs a variety of different events throughout the year including sleepouts, Christmas meal cooking and Community Market Garden open days. This is something which we also need help with running alongside our regular volunteering opportunities. If you would like to be involved but would prefer to give some of your time on an ad hoc basis then this could be for you.

The Role

You won’t have set hours for volunteering with us but we will be in touch on a regular basis letting you know with plenty of notice when the events are coming up. The roles could include anything from making cups of tea, to car park duty to selling plants or welcoming guests.

The Right Volunteer

  • Be punctual and reliable
  • Be professional.
  • Be friendly, approachable and understanding

The Reward

New Hope has always relied on the vital support of our wonderful volunteers. In the same way our events need the same. These events are integral in helping new hope engage with our local community. It is a great way to get involved if you aren't able to give your time regularly over the year and keeps you connected with the work we are doing.  We would love to have you on board.


Sanctuary
Kitchen
Volunteer

The Reason

The Sanctuary Night Shelter offers emergency accommodation, as well as support, meals and laundry facilities. Staff work with other services to provide a tailored package for each person while helping them towards moving into more stable accommodation.

The Role

The role would involve working in the Sanctuary kitchen one evening or lunch time a week from 11.30am-1.30pm or 5pm-8pm. It would be to prepare, cook and serve a meal for approx. 20 individuals. Followed by cleaning up after.

The Right Volunteer

The volunteer should:

  • Be reliable and punctual
  • Be able to work under pressure
  • Be able to follow instructions and work within set guidelines 
  • Have an awareness of boundaries
  • Be able to stand up for the period of volunteering

Your Reward

You will receive full appropriate training (e.g. Food Hygiene Certificate) and ongoing support from the staff team at the Sanctuary. Volunteers are an integral and much valued part of the New Hope Team. You will meet some great people and play a vital role in supporting homeless people in Watford.