For Homeless and Disadvantaged People

8 Tooting Bec Gardens, London SW16 1RB

Call: 0208 696 0943

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A service user

“Spires is an extremely pleasant place to work in and staff and people that use the facilities are very friendly. My whole experience has left me talking to people about how much I love volunteering here.”

FAQs

Answers to some common questions people have about volunteering at Spires.

I don't have much time to spare, can I still volunteer?

Terms of volunteering at Spires are extremely flexible and negotiated to suit you. To ensure we have enough cover, volunteers are asked to give three hours a month as a minimum from Monday to Fridays.

I've never worked with homeless people before, what can I expect?

The services provided by Spires are used by a variety of people, not just those who are homeless.

These include those who are vulnerably housed, people living in hostels, those who experience mental health issues and female sex workers. Our clients use Spires for a huge variety of reasons - from helping to support them in gaining secure housing to providing a hot, healthy meal in welcoming surroundings.

What's the atmosphere at the centre like?

The centre is a hive of activity throughout the week, particularly during our open access drop-in sessions. The atmosphere is relaxed and supportive.

How do the staff at Spires help to prevent any trouble?

Spires has very clear policies relating to key issues such as safety, drug and alcohol use and appropriate behaviour. These will be clearly outlined to you as a volunteer and are posted up around the centre for clients to read as well. Staff are trained to deal with any difficulties which may arise.

Will I be expected to deal with difficult situations?

Volunteers are asked not to intervene in problems arising in the centre. No volunteer is ever expected to deal with any situation they are not comfortable with and support is always available.

What work goes on in the centre?

Spires provides clients with access to a huge range of services including health services, substance misuse advice, emergency housing and resettlement advice, and work with women. We also run adult learning sessions, and creative groups.

What support will be available while I'm volunteering?

Volunteers always work alongside staff members who are there to provide support when needed.

The volunteer co-ordinator is the main person who will support you during your time at Spires.

How to find us
Getting here

Bus

Routes 50, 57, 109, 118, 133, 159, 201, 249, 250, 255, 315, 319, 333, G1 and P13 all stop close to Spires - just ask for St Leonard’s.

Train

Streatham station (Thameslink and London Bridge lines) is about 5 minutes walk away.

Streatham Hill station (for Victoria and Clapham Junction or West Croydon and Crystal Palace) is 10 to 15 minutes walk or a short bus ride.

Streatham Common station (for Victoria or Croydon) is slightly further but on the 118 bus route.

News
Centre opening hours

MONDAY
9 - 10.30am ROUGH SLEEPERS SPACE
10.30am - 1.30pm WOMEN'S SPACE

TUESDAY
9 - 10.30am ROUGH SLEEPERS SPACE
10.30am - 2pm OPEN ACCESS

WEDNESDAY
10am - 12pm ROUGH SLEEPERS SPACE

THURSDAY
9 - 1pm ROUGH SLEEPERS SPACE

FRIDAY
9 - 10.30am ROUGH SLEEPERS SPACE
10.30am - 1.30pm WOMEN'S SPACE

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