Tony Ferns, Volunteering Officer:
I worked as a volunteer in the Home for Good Team for nearly a year. It has been one the best things that I have ever done.
I had some spare time on my hands, so I looked on The Passage website for volunteering opportunities. I was keen on working with both clients and volunteers, and applied for an office-based role in the Home for Good Team. Home for Good is a London-wide scheme linking volunteers with local clients to help clients settle into their accommodation and new area after getting off the street. The partnership lasts for up to a year, with volunteers meeting clients every week or two to support them to establish their place in the community. There are currently around 50 partnerships across London.
I filled in the application form; had a very helpful interview; and then joined other volunteers for a training and briefing session on the work that The Passage does and the Home for Good Community Volunteer role. It was very informative and well done. I worked one day a week in the Home for Good Team helping to gather, record and coordinate feedback from both clients and volunteers. What struck me most was how skilled my colleagues in the Home for Good Team were and how committed they all were to supporting clients get settled in their new places, and encouraging towards volunteers.
Dealing with London’s homelessness crisis can only be resolved one step at a time. In my view, the work that Home for Good Team is making is a giant step in dealing with repeat homelessness. I would encourage anybody to consider volunteering with The Passage and helping to tackle homelessness in London – and that includes resettlement.
We are always looking for more volunteers. The Role Description and application forms can be downloaded from The Passage website: www.passage.org.uk/volunteering