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This year's project has closed and we are not accepting any new volunteer applications.  If you would like to be considered as a volunteer for HARC 2021/22, please get in touch with us at

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.

You can download our volunteer handbook to find out more about what it is like to volunteer.