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Turning Tides is a community led homelessness charity that puts clients and local people at the heart of our mission to end local homelessness.

The charity has been providing help and support to the homeless community since its establishment in 1991. Help and support can take the form of housing, advice, counselling, emotional support and social engagement. In order to do all of this and to help us reach our mission, every day we rely on volunteers who support our services. We could not achieve as much as we do without their commitment and dedication.

Our volunteers are active community members, who are able to work with us to ensure that our services are embedded in and owned by our community.

By Volunteering with Turning Tides , you will be helping to end homelessness in your community:

  • Whoever you are, we will welcome you and aim to make your volunteering experience rewarding and fulfilling.
  • We value our volunteers, we will listen to you, support you and help you to share skills and develop new ones.
  • Our volunteering opportunities are flexible, whether it’s a morning, afternoon, two days a week or one day a year, we have opportunities for everyone.

To see full details of all our volunteering roles please scroll to the bottom of the page

"Volunteering gave me the opportunity to meet more people and to feel part of society again. It has been so nice to help out and put the things I have learned to good use and give a little bit back. Volunteering offers anyone the chance to learn new skills and be part of a good cause."

Neil, Turning Tides Volunteer 

So What Happens Next?

After reading through the volunteer information and thinking about how you might like to be involved, the next step is to fill in and return the Information Form and Equal Opportunities Form (links below)

Below outlines the process:

  1. The Information Form: Please complete every section of this form, the Volunteer Team are unable to respond to incomplete forms. Please return them to – Turning Tides, Town Hall, Chapel Road, Worthing, BN11 1HA or via email – volunteering@turning-tides.org.uk.
  2. References: Turning Tides require two character references for all of our volunteers. Most of our volunteering roles are supported, meaning you will be volunteering alongside members of staff, therefore these roles may not require a DBS check. However it is important that our clients are safe, we need to know that our volunteers are trustworthy and capable to undertake their role. The Volunteer Team will send off for references upon receipt of your information form and will be in touch once references have been returned.
  3. Volunteer Induction: your induction is an informal meeting which normally lasts about an hour. This is an opportunity for us to tell you a bit more about Turning Tides, what you can expect as a volunteer, go through a couple of policies and procedures and talk about how you can get involved. We will provide you with a Volunteer Handbook, with all the information in that you need to know. During your induction we like to arrange a trial session at your induction, so please bring your diary!

Please note: we hold group inductions, so it is possible your induction will be with up to 3 other potential volunteers.

  1. Trial Session: We always recommend you attend a trial session, this gives you an opportunity to meet your fellow volunteers, have an introduction to the service and find out if the role is right for you. Once you have completed your trial session, the Volunteer Team will be in touch to see how you got on and provide some feedback from the service. We can then agree how you would like to move forward.
  2. Check Ins – once you have been in your role for a few weeks, the Volunteer Team will check in with you from time to time to see how you are getting on, we can discuss any training needs or development opportunities.

Please note some roles may require a DBS check. If the role you apply for requires a DBS check, we will notify you. Some roles may also require an informal discussion, again, if this is the case, this would be discussed with you at your volunteer induction.

Turning Tides have a Volunteer Handbook, support package and training plan to support our volunteering opportunities.

More Information

If you have any queries regarding your volunteer application, then please do not hesitate to contact us.  We will be pleased to answer any questions you may have.

Volunteer Documents

Volunteering Roles

Breakfast Club Cooks and Helpers - Horsham

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Client Volunteering Supporter

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Counselling Service Administrator

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Homelessness Outreach Supporter

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Littlehampton Breakfast Club Cooks & Helpers

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Littlehampton Winter Night Shelter Volunteer

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Meet & Eat Group - Volunteer Co-Facilitator

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Reception Support Volunteer at Lyndhurst Road

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Training Assistant

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Volunteer Laundry Assistant

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Volunteer Maintenance Assistant

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Women Together - Group Volunteer

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Gardening Club Volunteer - Various Turning Tides's Locations

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Evening Meal Cook Volunteer - Byron Road

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Collection Box Volunteer

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Friends Group Volunteer

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Client Engagement Volunteer - St Clare's Community Hub

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Horsham Events Volunteer

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