Volunteering

Volunteer with us

Would you like to help out with a bucket collection at your local supermarket? Or cheer on Team Shelter Cymru runners at the Cardiff Half? We’re so grateful to our brilliant volunteers, who help to power the fight for home and make a huge difference to the lives of people in housing need across Wales. We exist to defend the right to a safe home, but we can’t do it without you. Whatever your interests and availability, we have volunteer opportunities to suit you.

Current opportunities

Bucket collection with Shelter Cymru

Bucket collections

Our Fundraising team organise regular bucket collections at supermarkets and shopping centres across Wales. These are really valuable for collecting donations, as well as getting out into our local communities to spread the word about our fight for home. Why not join us? We’d love to hear from you. 

Email: [email protected] 

Here are some bucket collections we have coming up soon: 

Saturday 24 February, Tesco Ebbw Vale Superstore, Blaenau Gwent 
Saturday 2 March, Stadiwm CSM, Colwyn Bay, Conwy 
Thursday 18 April, Asda, Wrexham
Friday 24 May, Asda, Wrexham
Wednesday 5 June, Asda, Rhyl 
Saturday 15 June, Asda, Rhyl 
Friday 16 August, Asda, Rhyl 
Saturday 7 September, Asda, Rhyl 
Wednesday 18 September, Asda, Rhyl 
Thursday 10 October, Asda, Rhyl 
Saturday 16 November, Asda, Rhyl 
Wednesday 11 December, Asda, Rhyl 
Friday 20 December, Asda, Rhyl 

Volunteering

Event assistants

We have so many exciting events coming up this year. Perhaps you’d like to help hand out Welsh cakes to cyclists at our Castles & Cathedrals MONSTER RIDE. Or join us at a cheer point for the Cardiff Half Marathon. If you enjoy the buzz of events, it would be great to have you on board.

Email: [email protected] 

Here are some opportunities we have coming up soon: 

Saturday 10 February, Winter Warmer Run, Cardiff 
Saturday 25 February, Llanelli Half Marathon 
Sunday 17 March, Great Welsh Marathon and Half, Carmarthenshire 
Sunday 21 April, Wrexham 10K 
Saturday 11 May, Caernarfon Food Festival 
Sunday 19 May, Gorseinon 10K, Swansea 
Sunday 9 June, Swansea Half Marathon 
Sunday 23 June, Connah’s Quay Annual Festival 
Sunday 6 October, Cardiff Half Marathon 
Saturday 26 October, Marathon Eryri 

Volunteer with Take Notice at Shelter Cymru

Take Notice

Do you have lived experience of homelessness? If so, our Take Notice team would really value your input. Take Notice is a project with service users at its heart, aiming to improve housing and homelessness services across Wales. We want to give people who have experienced homelessness or housing need a voice. Please get in touch if you’d be comfortable to share your experiences to help us change the system for the better.

Email our Lived Experience Coordinator at [email protected] 

Volunteer with Shelter Cymru's Pathways Programme

Pathways Programme

Shelter Cymru’s phone, email and webchat service – Shelter Cymru Live – is vital in enabling people to fight for homes and we’re looking for people to join our cause. This programme is designed to train you to employment level while you carry out your volunteering role. You’ll gain valuable insight into our Advice team and receive training and mentorship to help you apply for future job opportunities.

Visit the Volunteer Pathways Programme page to find out more.

Collection tin

Collection tin coordinator

We’re so grateful every time a supporter drops a penny, or a pound, or even a note into one of our collection tins. We rely on volunteers to look after these collection tins, which are an important source of fundraising income, enabling us to continue our work helping thousands of people facing homelessness in Wales every year. We’re looking to have collection tins in pubs, restaurants and shops right across Wales. This is a really flexible role, ideal to fit around family and work commitments. If you could manage just a few tins, you’d be making a huge difference.

We’re looking for collection tin coordinators in the following areas: Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Caerphilly, Cardiff, Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Gwynedd, Isle of Anglesey, Merthyr Tydfil, Monmouthshire, Neath Port Talbot, Newport, Pembrokeshire, Powys, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Swansea, Vale of Glamorgan, Torfaen, Wrexham. 

To find out more, email: [email protected]

Holly and her daughter Ola volunteering at a bucket collection at Asda in Pentwyn, Cardiff

Holly and her daughter Ola volunteering at a bucket collection at Asda in Pentwyn, Cardiff

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FAQs

We welcome volunteers from many different backgrounds. We’re committed to diversity and we particularly value the knowledge and experience of volunteers with lived experience of homelessness and housing need. We welcome applications from people with criminal records, refugee status, or exceptional leave to remain in the UK. All volunteers need to be aged 18 or over.

We appreciate that everyone’s time is valuable and we’re grateful for any time you can give. Most of our volunteer roles are flexible and the amount of time you give will depend on what works best for you and the team you’re joining. We welcome one-off and regular volunteers.

No. We reimburse volunteers for expenses, like travel expenses. Volunteering doesn’t affect your benefits.

Volunteering is a great way to make new friends, learn new skills and gain experience, all while supporting out fight for home by helping people in housing need across Wales.