Most charities that help the homeless and people who beg need volunteers, and you can find out more about some of the organisations in Sheffield who rely on the work of volunteers below, or on our blog.

Students: Contact your university, colleges and/or Students’ Union volunteering office.

Why volunteer?

Get involved in the role you want:

Volunteers can help with:

  • Outreach and engagement
  • Fundraising
  • Facilitating and/or supporting groups
  • Office-based work – to help projects run smoothly
  • Serving food and/or working in the kitchen
  • Talking to people at project venues
  • Taking people to appointments


Work flexibly

There is work with homeless people every day of the week and at different times of day. You can find a volunteering opportunity that fits in with other commitments. Training will be provided to help you build confidence and work safely.


Hear from our volunteers

Read Steph's story, Cathedral Archer Project

Read the reflections of some volunteers at Ben's Centre

Read about the Soup Kitchen, run entirely by volunteers for over 30 years!


Local charities working with people on the street

Cathedral Archer Project - help homeless people achieve a better life through providing a wide range of support services.

Information on opening times and how to get involved - Find out how to get involved.


Ben’s Centre is “a place of sanctuary for the vulnerable”. A day centre and an outreach service for people who suffer from the negative impact of drugs or alcohol.

Information on opening times, how to support the Centre with donations, and how to get involved as a volunteer - Ben's Centre website


The Sunday Centre provides a safe, warm refuge for homeless and vulnerable people on Sundays – providing hot food and drinks, and offering guests the chance to socialise with others. They also help guests access information about other services that may benefit them.

Information on opening times, how to support the Centre with donations, and how to get involved as a volunteer - Sunday Centre website

Read more about the Sunday Centre.


Addaction Sheffield - work with anyone over 18 who has a substance misuse issue which has led to involvement in the criminal justice system. Services are open to everyone, including people who are completing a statutory order.

Information on opening times, support groups and how to get involved in volunteering - Addaction Sheffield website

The Soup Run - Sheffield Churches Soup Kitchen is based on King Street and provides food, basic clothing and bedding and 1:1 support, 7 nights per week from 8-9pm, between September and May.

To get involved in donating or volunteering, contact 


Roundabout - Sheffield’s youth homeless charity has helped over 15,000 young people in the city since 1977, providing shelter, support and life skills to young people aged 16-24 who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, along with a comprehensive programme of training allowing them to develop long term independent living skills which breaks the cycle of homelessness.

To get involved in donating, fundraising or volunteering - Roundabout website


Voluntary Action Sheffield - has information about volunteering opportunities in Sheffield.


Other useful contact information:

Sheffield Street Outreach Team - Contact 0800 066 5358 (free from landlines and mobiles) or text SOT to 80800, followed by your message. This service is provided by Framework.

Sheffield Housing Options line - Call the council’s Housing and Options line on 0114 273 6306 from Monday – Friday, 8.30am to 5pm. In emergencies, during evenings and weekends, please phone: 0800 7311 689.


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