Father Hudson’s Society is the Social Care Agency of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Birmingham, it provides a whole spectrum of care work with children, young people, adults and families through our Adult Care, Family Placement and Community Projects departments.

Volunteers assist throughout the care work and are an invaluable. There are opportunities throughout all the different projects so wherever your interests are then you can help out. Why not scroll through the different projects and see what you can do?

St Josephs Coleshill Click here for information
Anawim Birmingham Click here for information
Brushstrokes Smethwick Click here for information
Hope Family Centre Wolverhampton   Click here for information
Maryvale Birmingham Click here for information
New Heights Birmingham Click here for information

Alternatively, you can volunteer in the central office Coleshill in the fundraising office helping to ensure that the costs of fundraising are kept to an absolute minimum. Most of the help is needed periodically, such as when we are sending out mailings or distributing materials to schools etc. However, there are also opportunities for people who wish to commit their time on a regular basis.

If you think that this is something that you would like to help with contact the Fundraising and Publicity Department on 01675 434000 for further information and an informal discussion.

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Caritas Anchor House supports up to 220 homeless people each year providing a stable and safe environment to help them develop aspirations, confidence and self-esteem to enable them to move towards leading independent, self-fulfilling lives.

Based in Canning Town, the most deprived ward in the second most deprived borough in the country, they provide a wide range of accredited vocational training courses for both their residents and the local unemployed.Residents are not only given a roof over their heads, but the opportunity to realise and accept for themselves that they have the skills and talents necessary to be happy and successful in life.

Through the ‘Aspirations Programme’, Lifestyle Architects work with the residents to address the root causes of their homelessness through training, job guidance, volunteering, health and well-being and personal rehabilitation. The aim is to provide tangible, sustainable solutions to the challenge of homelessness.

Caritas Anchor House has a team of volunteers to help make all of this happen and if you have some time to give you could join in! They are always looking for people who can contribute their skills to help work with the residents or help some of the teams, such as the Fundraising team. Either way their is probably something that you can help out with.

Caritas Anchor House offers a great way to give back and contribute to the community and help other people. So why not #Takeitup?

For more information visit:http://caritasanchorhouse.org.uk/join-us/

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The Jesuit Refugee Service UK accompanies  refugees and forced migrants, serving them as companions and advocating their cause in an uncaring world. They have a  particular concern for those who are detained under the immigration  rules or who are left destitute in the UK. The work is carried out in  the spirit of mutual respect, dignity and solidarity with the refugees  and forced migrants, and in collaboration with other organisations.

JRS run a range of activates including a day centre, detention outreach program, a companioning project and an ‘At-Home’ accommodation scheme.

JRS detention outreach means that they visit individuals at Harmondsworth and Colnbrook Immigration Removal Centres. They help by not only providing support, but also resources, such as monthly mobile phone top-ups and materials, such a magazines and toiletries.  These small things can make such a big difference to the individuals.

One of the ways you can get involved in JRS’s work is to become a pen-befriender, this offer gives individuals a chance to improve their written English, talk about their interests and keep in touch with news from the outside world. One volunteer for JRS spoke of their experience;“I realise how fortunate I’ve been to have had the opportunity of being part of the big JRS family… it was a wonderful opportunity to meet people from all walks of life whilst working with a tremendous team of people, who became my colleagues, my friends and eventually like my second family.”

Another way to help out with JRS is through collecting and sending them any unwanted Nectar, or other reward tokens or supermarket vouchers. JRS can use them to buy food for the day centre of distribute them to destitute refugees.

Louise Zanre, JRS UK Director said; “JRS-UK volunteers are integral to our work. Without the volunteers, JRS-UK could not do as much as it does; and without the volunteers, hundreds of refugees and asylum seekers would be left unsupported and uncared for each year.”

For more information visit: http://www.jrsuk.net/support/Volunteering/index.php

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Anawim is a voluntary sector organisation based in Birmingham which provides support services to women and their children at its Centre in Balsall Heath and in the community. Their key objective is to help women overcome problems or obstacles that adversely affect their lives, with the overriding aim that they achieve their goals and reach their full potential. Anawim exists to support women and their children, especially women vulnerable to exploitation including prostitution. It seeks to provide wider positive choices to help them achieve their goals and reach their full potential as part of the wider community

They work in a large range of areas, covering rehabilitation, prisons, outreach, mental health, family services, case management and a crèche. The impact they have in these areas are truly amazing, one of the most impressive statistics is that in 2012 they have a 1% reoffending rate of women who successfully completed their orders. Check out all their work in their impact report:

Anawim has a range if volunteering opportunities for people to give their time in various ways. Some of these are:

  • helping with street outreach
  • delivering group discussions and courses
  • mentoring individual women
  • building this website
  • helping in the centre preparing lunch, chatting to women, answering the door, cleaning,
  • helping with form filling, computers, CV writing
  • accompanying women to appointments

Anawim is always looking for volunteers and mentors to work in the Centre and with women in the local community. Volunteering/mentoring can be a very rewarding introduction to the work that we do as well as an opportunity to build on knowledge for those with a relevant professional background. So why not get involved and #Takeitup?

If you are interested please visit: http://www.anawim.co.uk/volunteering.html

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Working in the Archdiocese for thirty years, St. Joseph’s Pastoral Centre is entrusted with the support of people with learning disabilities, their families and friends.

They have two main areas of work; an Activity Centre which offers courses – therapeutic, vocational or leisure – to over 100 mainly adult students of all faiths or none in the attractive Centre at Hendon, and an Outreach Service where our Outreach Co-ordinators and volunteers support families in the parishes in their spiritual and social life

The activities centre aims to walk with the students along the path to each person’s full potential, and so help them to find their unique place in the community. It offers a hugely wide-ranging group of activities including: ceramics classes, dance classes, music classes, yoga classes, creative crafts,  TV and film club, cooking classes, IT training, horticultural training,  literacy classes, therapy, music therapy and health and fitness classes.

Volunteers are a vital part of the team and they rely heavily on their support. It can be a very rewarding experience, gaining skills and companionship as well as satisfaction and status of the role. Every hour makes a difference.

Paula, who supports students in the art class writes: ‘You become part of a special community where each person is accepted as they are. It is very rewarding to see the students blossom over time. Personally I have found I have received more than I give.’

All of the 20 courses welcome volunteers to support the students. Or you could help with food preparation for the students’ daily lunch, or join the team for events catering and hospitality.

What are you waiting for? Visit http://www.stjoseph.org.uk/contact-us.html and #Takeitup

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women@thewell are a women-only drop-in centre dedicated to the support of women with a complex range of needs relating to street based prostitution, offending and anti-social behaviour, problematic drug and alcohol abuse, rough sleeping and trafficking.

w@w provide for basic needs such as food and showers, alongside support and advice, such as support to find accommodation and  help to access to benefits. It can also help by providing life skills like cookery and gardening. Another area that w@w support women with is health and wellbeing with access to counselling, massages, haircuts and reflexology.

Volunteering at w@w can take many forms, all they ask is that you can make a regular time slot. One of the ways you can help out is by sharing your talents by running your own specialist activity or therapy.

Lend a hand this Lent and #Takeitup.

For more information please visit: http://www.watw.org.uk/contact

Catholic Care offers a huge directory of services focusing on helping the vulnerable and isolated in the Diocese of Leeds, which it has been doing for over 140 years. One of the client groups that Catholic Care provides support for is older people.

The Huddersfield Deanery Project for Older People was established 10 years ago and works to promote the practical, social and spiritual wellbeing of older people. They offer a huge range of groups and there are volunteering opportunities at them all!

Interested in exercise? Then you could help out with the keep fit classes and the gentle armchair exercise class.

Interested in faith? Then you could help out with the prayer group.

Interested in craft? in Bingo? or walking? There are groups for all these things which would love some help.

Are you sociable? Then take part in ‘Thursday Friends’ or ‘Friday Friends’ which are lunch clubs with a range of activities such as a book club and a raffle.

To find out more visit the website: http://www.catholic-care.org.uk/what_we_do/older_people.php

And #Takeitup

Listen to our third Lenten podcast, on Pope Francis and the importance of volunteering, by clicking the link below:

Volunteering and Pope Francis

The Passage runs London’s largest voluntary sector day centre for homeless and vulnerable people; each day they help around 200 men and women. The Passage has a team of Outreach Workers that make contact with those people who are sleeping rough in the area. It also has a 40-bed hostel as well as 16 self-contained studio flats in Montfort House, which specialises in helping long term rough sleepers.

The Passage has a whole range of volunteering opportunities, so there is something to suit almost everyone! One of these is being an activity group volunteer, this involves working with another volunteer to run an activity group on Sundays.  This may involve watching a film, shopping for food and cooking a roast dinner or once you have gained some experience going for a picnic or going for a trip to the park. The staff will be able to assist you with your group of between 2-4 people.

The Chief Executive Mick Clarke highlighted how key volunteers were when he said;

“Volunteers contribute so much to an organisation like The Passage, coming as they do from rich and varied backgrounds. Bringing skills, experience, wisdom and understanding, volunteers give freely and generously of their time with no expectations of recompense and without counting the cost. Motivated by a pure desire to serve, volunteers are an example to us all of an immeasurable spirit of giving which is invaluable to the organisation. Our volunteers at The Passage bring all this, and much more, to us helping to shape and mould the spirit with which our service is delivered and contributing to our ethos. Practically speaking, there are areas of our service which would not be delivered without volunteers.”

So why don’t you #Takeitup?

To read some of the client stories click here: http://passage.org.uk/client-stories/

To find out more about volunteering visit The Passage’s website:http://passage.org.uk/volunteering/activity-group-volunteer/

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