Update 06/01/21 – Thank you for all your offers of help with the latest lockdown situation – they are hugely appreciated. StP’s is not currently taking on new volunteers directly. If you would like to offer volunteering support or resources in the community, please do provide details via Exeter Wellbeing’s response page, where offers are matched with local need across the city: https://exeter.gov.uk/wellbeing/
You may also be interested in contacting Bread of Life, who are looking for volunteers to prepare and serve food in the evenings and at weekends.
Volunteers form the backbone of our emergency survival services in St Petrock’s centre – each person makes an invaluable contribution to our work.
KITCHEN VOLUNTEERS: The majority of our regular volunteer opportunities involve helping out in the centre kitchen for one morning per week during our drop-in sessions. Volunteers, who should be 18 years+ and able to commit to a weekly 4 hour slot for a minimum of 6 months, assist the kitchen manager in preparing, serving and clearing away cooked breakfasts and lunches. They may also be asked to help clients with our clothing and shower services. Please see our Volunteer Role Description for full details.
EVENTS VOLUNTEERS: St Petrock’s receives wonderful support from the Exeter community; we often get invited to take part in local awareness-raising and fundraising events around the city and beyond. We keep a ‘bank’ of volunteers available to help out at these ad hoc events as required. This can involve volunteering options in diverse settings; past events have included assisting at a concert in the Cathedral, manning a stall at a dog show and service mince pies at a Christmas fayre! Volunteering in this area does not involve a regular commitment, but can be a good option for people unavailable during core weekday hours who want to get involved.
CORPORATE VOLUNTEERS: Support from local businesses is always hugely appreciated. Although we have limited space for volunteer teams due to the size of our centre, we do take on additional short-term volunteers (usually to a maximum of 2-3 at a time) at peak times around harvest festival and Christmas to help receive and sort the large number of donations we receive at these times. If your workplace is interested in his area, please do get in touch. If we cannot accommodate your team, hosting your own awareness or fundraising event off-site is a great way to get involved – please do talk to us to discuss your ideas!
OTHER SUPPORT: We also welcome other forms of support and creative ideas. If you have a particular skill or creative idea that you think may be of help, we’d love to hear from you – please do get in touch .
1) Contact us to check availability: Please note that we are fortunate to receive great community support; our volunteer roles are very popular and we do not always have vacancies. If you would like to volunteer, it’s advisable to enquire about our current vacancies by contacting us before applying. We are unfortunately unable to keep application forms on file if we do not have a vacancy for you at this time. If we don’t have current vacancies, we will suggest you enquire again in a few months’ time. Thank you for your understanding and support.
2) Complete the relevant application form: You can download our Kitchen Volunteer Application form or Events Volunteer application form here. Completed applications can be returned via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to the address shown on the form.
3) References & invitation to visit the centre: We will then take up references from the referees provided on your form. Once these have been satisfactorily received, we will get in touch with you to invite you into the centre for an informal interview and to meet relevant members of the team.