Tenancy Sustainment Team (TST) is currently seeking new volunteers to help the service
support formerly homeless people in London.
The TST helps
former rough sleepers to settle into and retain accommodation, as well as to find
employment, develop skills, access health services, and address any support
needs related to drug and alcohol misuse and poor physical or mental health.
Thames Reach’s Hudson House offices in Stockwell, the team is looking for people
to help out in a number of roles, including as peer mentors, using lived
experience of homelessness to support clients; as finance and administration
assistants; and as expert advisers helping people to find work and access housing
in the private rented sector.
Volunteers are also
needed to assist with the new TST advice surgery, which takes place at Hudson
House every Tuesday from 10.30am to 12.00pm.
The surgery provides
practical support and guidance to TST clients, as well as advice on other
Thames Reach services which could help individuals to live more independently.
The TST already
has a small number of volunteers helping out, including Katie, who recently
started with the team after spending time volunteering with Thames Reach’s London
Street Rescue outreach service. She provides administrative support at Hudson House
and also goes out to meet clients in their homes across west London to offer
specialist advice on a range of essential everyday subjects.
Katie said: “I
originally got involved with Thames Reach when I did my master’s degree in
social anthropology and my dissertation on street homelessness. After my
outreach volunteering, I’m now meeting people at a different point on their
journey. I’m working with people who are at least a year on from living in a
hostel, helping them with legal, health and housing advice.
“I have a
strong social conscience and volunteering with the TST is definitely something you
can do to really help out and make a difference.”
recently started volunteering with the TST, having received a placement with
the team after he completed the TRaVEL training course at the Thames Reach Employment
He’s currently studying
for a diploma in health and social care, and stated that volunteering with the TST
helps him get practical experience to complement his studying.
office-based volunteering here,” Ciaran said. “I’m learning what my strengths
are, whether that’s doing home visits or giving advice at the weekly surgery,
and I’m finding out if this is viable career path for me.
here is good for your own personal development. It gives you structure and
motivation and helps you to be the best you can be,” he added.
If you would
like to volunteer for the Thames Reach Tenancy Sustainment Team, please visit: www.thamesreach.org.uk/help-us/volunteer/tst-volunteers