We are keen to find new volunteers to support our service

Centre 33 only exists because of the generosity of so many in the St Albans area, whether in terms of time, donations of food, money etc or just practical support. Many of our visitors realise this and it is a source of comfort to know that they are not ignored or forgotten by so many in our community.

What does volunteering entail

Volunteers arrive half an hour before the Centre opens (Either Spicer Street or The Citadel depending on the shift). This gives them time to get things ready and prepare the food which is provided by the Centre. They then serve food and drinks. There is always the opportunity to chat with the visitors, who appreciate the warm welcome given to them. Afterwards there is the washing up and general cleaning to leave the Centre ready for the next session. Volunteers spend about one & a half to two hours at the Centre altogether.

For the dinner service, we aim to have 4 volunteers on duty; for the breakfast service, just 3 volunteers are needed. All new volunteers start working with two other experienced volunteers.

The Volunteer Coordinator arranges the weekly rota. Volunteers have complete flexibility to say when they would like to come to the Centre. Typically it might be a session once a week or a fortnight, but it can be anything that suits you. And as you get more experienced, there is an opportunity to become a team leader yourself.

All our volunteers benefit from training in relevant courses - for example health and safety and food hygiene.

We need volunteers to support our two take-away services;

Tuesday & Wednesday: 10.30am-11am service @ Spicer Street

Sunday to Thursday: 7.30pm-8pm service @ The Citadel

  • Are you interested in providing practical support for rough sleepers and others in St Albans with inadequate housing?

  • Can you work in a small team, preparing simple meals and drinks?

  • Do you enjoy meeting new people?

  • Are you over 18?

If so, working as a volunteer at Centre 33 could be a rewarding and enjoyable experience for you.

If you are interested in applying, you can either apply online or can download the form and return it via email to volunteers@centre33.org or via post. We will need the names of two people (not related) who can provide references.

Once you are accepted we will aim to get you working at the Centre with experienced people as soon as possible. We will also arrange your induction training.