Our Volunteer Development Pathway

We know that our volunteers give their time for different reasons. At St Mungo’s, we are committed to progression at all levels and we support and develop our volunteers to ensure that they are best placed to make progress in their careers.

Our volunteers specifically looking to progress into employment will have access to our newly created Volunteer Development Pathway (VDP) which supports volunteers in how they can use their skills to apply and secure employment opportunities.

Download our VDP handbook

Ed Addison

Volunteering at St Mungo’s is the perfect way for you to develop a career in the sector. Ed started as an outreach volunteer in 2012 and now a decade later remains committed to supporting our clients. His latest role is as a Service Manager for one of our London Navigators teams.

Richard Knight

Richard currently works as Corporate Volunteering Coordinator but on a career break in 2018, he volunteered with StreetLink and St Mungo's.

He says, “I was so impressed by the volunteer journey at StreetLink – the communication, training and support all made me feel really welcome and part of a team doing really important work."

Amie Andrew

Amie started as a mental health support volunteer in Bristol in 2019, with the hope of developing a career in the sector. This placement was cut short when the pandemic started. However, this led to a new opportunity volunteering in one of our emergency hotels during Covid-19. Two years later and she is now on her second permanent role within the organisation in a complex needs hostel.

Younis Siddiqui

In 2016, Younis started volunteering in Hackney where he was born and grew up as he wanted to give something back. He was on a career break and wanted to see whether the homelessness sector was where he could develop his career. Younis is now Deputy Manager for an entrenched rough sleeping service in Westminster.

Mira Padmasan

Mira works as a Business Insight Analyst but also volunteers her spare time at our Recovery college teaching Jewellery making.

She says, “it’s very satisfying to see others gain a new skill or knowledge and actually enjoy the learning process.”

Rob Neale

Rob is part of our fundraising team, but also volunteered his time in the Recovery College for three years to run a course on public speaking.

He says “public speaking is a hard skill to learn and a big part of my role at St Mungo’s. It’s one of my key transferable skills and, in practice, the people we support can also benefit from building their confidence at the same time."

Anita van Mil

Drawing on her skills in research and facilitation, Anita was a volunteer, running a women’s engagement session with us. She then continued as a Locum worker alongside her job elsewhere before she successfully applied for the Research Manager role. And building on the opportunities for learning and development we offer, she recently moved into senior management.

Ola Pedro

Ola started as a volunteer in our mental health hostel in Islington. Ola has since developed his career with us using support available such as our 'Steps into Management' scheme and our mentoring program and is now a team leader in our Criminal Justice Services.

Steph Brazell

Steph started as a volunteer for our Bristol Recovery College in 2019 where she facilitated a Textiles Group and a Women’s Group. When the pandemic hit, she volunteered at the Emergency Hostels, and then went on to become a Locum worker for a year. She's now in a fulltime role as a Progression Coach back with the Bristol Recovery College.

Catherine Townsend

Catherine works in the Corporate Partnerships team and also volunteers at one of our emergency hotels.

She says, “volunteering in the hotel during the pandemic has provided me with a brilliant insight into St Mungo’s frontline work. I have found this particularly valuable when we haven’t been able to visit services. I have been so impressed by the dedication of my colleagues and fellow volunteers providing safe shelter to people sleeping rough and supporting them to the next stage of their recovery journey”.

Ricardo Lopez

Coming from Spain and having no UK experience in the sector, Ricardo found volunteering the perfect way to develop his career further. He started as a befriender volunteer in 2009, and then eventually joined us as an agency and then permanent Project Worker and is currently one of our Regional Heads in our East Region.

Training

Being a volunteer with St Mungo’s means that you have free access to our e-Learning portal and we invite you to monthly online events to support your development.

Our e-Learning courses and our online events are regularly reviewed and new training sessions are added to ensure we are giving volunteers the skills and knowledge to develop. 

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Lianne's experience

I gained a lot of insight into the lives of people who are experiencing homelessness and the additional support they need.

Lianne started volunteering with us back in 2019 and is now a full time Project Worker at our mental health service in London.

Read her blog

Join us

Search our current volunteering vacancies and find the right opportunity for you. Then simply complete the application form and we’ll be in touch to discuss next steps. We advertise new volunteer roles on the first and third Friday's of every month so remember to keep checking our page.

See our current volunteering opportunities