Caritas Anchor House

Working at the heart of homelessness

Volunteer for food collection and loading needed!

Volunteer for food collection and loading needed!

1st June 2020
Are you able to give some time to help keep 140 people experiencing homelessness well-fed? We're looking for a volunteer to help us with the collection and distribution of food donations.

About Caritas Anchor House
“Without Caritas Anchor House I might not still be around. They gave me back who I am, and probably a little bit more. I’ve achieved so much, and I couldn’t be more proud.” - Debbie, former resident of Caritas Anchor House

Caritas Anchor House provides a home and support for people experiencing homelessness in Newham. The borough has the highest levels of homelessness in the country, and there is more demand for our services than ever before.

Our mission is to ensure that those who walk through our doors grow in confidence and move towards leading independent, fulfilling lives. We support our residents to address the causes of their homelessness, and to overcome any barriers they may face by providing health and wellbeing support, education and employability opportunities, and help to move on to their next chapters.

We’re proud to act as a beacon of hope, and each year we help over 250 people turn their lives around and move on from homelessness.

About the volunteer role
Working closely with our Community Development Officer, you will be asked to support us by:

  • Collecting donated food Items from local supermarkets and organisations, loading the van with the items, and unpacking them at Caritas Anchor House
  • Ensuring all food is transported and stored efficiently and safely
  • Working independently and safely, adhering to health and safety and manual handling guidance

We’d love to hear from you if you have:

  • Full valid driving licence
  • DBS (this will be carried out by CAH)
  • Must be able to drive a manual car and lift heavy items
  • No experience is required.

We are looking for a number of volunteers to help with this, and are happy discuss and agree time slots that fit the level of commitment you are comfortable with and can fit this flexibly around your existing commitments. Our Community Development Officer will be on hand to provide you with the support you need.

We are looking for volunteers to start as soon as possible. Please get in touch with us on