Become a Volunteer

One of our coordinators - Vanessa - explaining what it's like to be involved in Sanctuary

One of our coordinators – Vanessa – explaining what it’s like to be involved in Sanctuary


There are three steps are involved in becoming a volunteer at Sanctuary:

Initial application

Prospective volunteers should familiarise themselves with the Sanctuary ‘Statement of Faith‘ which we require all volunteers to respect.

Next, they should look at the different Sanctuary teams, to see which area(s) are of interest.

To apply, applicants should complete our on-line application form.



All applicants must attend one of our general volunteer training events. Those who want to become a shelter coordinator or be a part of the kitchen staff will need to attend a further course specifically for their role.

The general volunteer session covers:

  • Overview: Overview of what we do and why we do it
  • How Sanctuary is structured and what’s involved in the different teams
  • Responsibilities of volunteers and our responsibility to you
  • How to interact with guests
  • Dealing with guest issues
  • Questions



Should an applicant still be interested in volunteering, references will be followed up after which they will be asked to sign a volunteer agreement form. For volunteers interacting with guests this reference should be from a church minister or professional person.  For prospective coordinators this may also include a DBS check.



Once references have been followed up, applicants will then be informed as to whether they have been accepted or rejected. Successful applicants will be referred to as Sanctuary volunteers and their details entered onto the appropriate Sanctuary team rota system.

All applicants will automatically have their email address added to our newsletter circulation list (if not on already), but they can unsubscribe at any time.