Why do people volunteer at Derby City Mission?

We simply could not function without our army of volunteers.  We currently have over 250 people giving up their spare time to serve the poor and needy in the city through our various projects because they care


Through the eyes of a volunteer

Anyone can be a volunteer… You could be a friend or family member of someone who already volunteers and want to get involved too.  You could be a group from a local church or a group of work colleagues who want to do something charitable for the local community. Or, like some of our guests, you may have been helped and cared for by volunteers and staff in the past and want to return the favour. 

Malcolm has been a volunteer for over 5 years working in the Nightshelter serving the guest’s their food, offering companionship by playing board games and providing a listening ear when they want to chat.

I volunteer, not because I have been homeless myself but I was heading that way with a 4 1/2 year spell in prison and 2 years in rehab.  Unfortunately, my brother died on the streets and in a way, volunteering is like therapy, it helps me to help others, I have empathy with them.

Read his story here

Ian is new to volunteering at the Jubilee Debt & Advice Clinics and welcomes clients who come to the clinic by offering them tea, coffee and refreshments.

Coming to Jubilee has increased my motivation and with additional mentoring with my Derby City Mission mentor, it has enabled me to thinking about helping others by volunteering.

Read Roger's story here after his 4 month's of volunteering

Benefits of volunteering

  • Gain confidence
  • Make a difference
  • Meet people.Volunteering can help you meet different kinds of people and make new friends
  • Be part of a community
  • Learn new skills
  • Bringing people closer to a relationship with Jesus
  • Take on a challenge
  • Have fun!
  • But most importantly, your impact, your presence, has a massive effect on all those we help through our various projects.  Transforming Lives Together


Can I be a Volunteer?

The simple answer is YES.  There are some volunteering roles that require training so that you are equipped before you embark on your volunteering journey but we can help you with that. 

Volunteer form or you can keep a look out on our Job Opportunities page here

Please note - Due to the nature and complexity of our work, we can only accept those over 18 years old to volunteer at Derby City Mission; thank you for your understanding.  For those under 18 who wish to support our mission, please consider joining with or undertaking your own fundraiser to raise vital awareness and finances.  

As a first-timer, I didn't really know what to expect. It was a very humbling and enjoyable experience. The organisation was first class and I feel that the programs make a big difference. Thank you for the opportunity to help and I look forward to next year.

Will I make a difference?

From making someone a cup or being a listening ear to sorting food at the warehouse or paperwork in the office, you WILL be making a difference.

It was good because it has helped me a lot.  I am now in a 3 bedroomed shared house, because the staff helped me.  Guest from Guest Support.

To be able to talk to someone when I couldn’t even admit to my family that I was struggling, gave me so much confidence. Client from Jubilee Debt & Advice Clinic

One of the Street Pastors gave me a pair of flip flops to rest my feet! It may seem small to some people but just having a nice comfy pair of shoes to put on and some kind people listening to drunk crying about painful shoes was so much appreciated.  I hope you know that you are appreciated and admired. Night-time reveller.


Not quite ready to commit?

Would you like to volunteer but not got time to commit yet? Why don’t you sign up to our quarterly emailed NEWSLETTER at the foot of this page? That way you get to hear the latest news from Derby City Mission and seek the right time to get on board.

Final message for volunteers from one of our nightshelter guests:

Come back next year and be a part of this great project!