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We are opening up our doors to our guests for the first time in two years and are very much hoping that we can offer a normal sit down service at HARC.  This year we will open on Christmas Eve and close on New Year's Day, again at the Victoria Hall.

If you are interested in volunteering for us this year, please let us know and we can add your name to our database.  We open our recruitment for all volunteers on 10th October and this will be via application form which will be emailed out to all registered volunteers who are on our database.

We are strongly recommending to new volunteers that they have a volunteer taster session at Sunday Centre, who operate a very similar service to HARC (and from the same location), at the Victoria Hall every Sunday afternoon.  This will give potential new volunteers at taste of what this type of volunteering involves.  

If you would like me to forward your details to their Volunteer Co-Ordinator, please get in touch.

We rely on over 300 volunteers (aged 18+) every year to deliver services to our guests and we couldn’t do it without them. Volunteering opportunities range from socialising with and welcoming guests, helping to cook and serve food to providing services such as hairdressing, dentistry, healthcare or running arts & crafts activities. We also rely on volunteers, throughout the year, for help with other critical activities so that we are ready to open the doors on Christmas Day.


However, volunteering at HARC isn’t for everyone.  Our guests often lead chaotic lifestyles which often includes the use of drugs and alcohol. These substances can result in, or exacerbate, problems with their mental health.  The Christmas and New Year period also has an effect on emotions and as a result, our guests may demonstrate challenging behaviour. There is always support for our volunteers at the project, but you should be aware of these issues before you volunteer.


What are we looking for in our volunteers?

People who:

  • have a caring nature

  • are non-judgemental and respectful

  • have good listening and communication skills

  • are reliable

  • have the ability to maintain confidentiality


It also helps if you have knowledge and/or experience of the issues that affect our guests.


We have different types of volunteers.


Please have a look at the volunteering opportunities that are available and then contact us on  or  07523 927318, for more information.