If you have a spare room, aged 25 and over and think you could help make a difference to a young person in Surrey, you could be a Volunteer Host. We welcome anyone from a variety of backgrounds, experiences and circumstances, so whether you are single, married, in a civil partnership, Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) or identify as being Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender (LGBT), you could help us provide temporary accommodation to young people in need.
Volunteer Hosts must:
- Have a spare bedroom
- Give access to communal facilities such as a kitchen and bathroom
- Commit to offer a young person to stay for one to three nights at least every three months.
If you think you can offer a welcoming environment and support a young person at a difficult time of need – we’d love to hear from you.
We will support you every step of the way to make sure you’re confident with your role supporting Surrey’s young people. You will receive training and support including:
An induction package which includes training in safeguarding children and engaging with and managing situations with young people
Ongoing training regarding issues relevant to young people
Access to a 24-hour telephone support service when a young person is staying with you.
You will also get paid £15 for each night a young person is staying with you to cover expenses.
New Volunteer Hosts need to complete a DBS check that will be funded by Surrey Families Service
Please note: if you have a criminal record this does not mean that you cannot get involved but there would be a further assessment process to ensure that your application can be continued.