I was always walking the streets of London and looking away. Helplessly turning my back, I had created a monster of homelessness because I simply didn’t know what to do.
So I started to volunteer, not only to help, but also to better my understanding. To set my thoughts straight. To teach myself, that just like you and me, these are people. Beautiful people who have simply fallen on hard times. “To teach myself, that just like you and me, these are people.”
I had been volunteering for a year when one of the nights needed a coordinator, so I started coordinating Sunday nights. A year later I helped set up the Tuesday dorm and now coordinate both. I’m not the most organised of people so it seemed like a natural transition and fabulous challenge.
Coordinating has taught me just how incredible human beings can be. We tend to get bad press as humans but there is so much good being done. Each and every volunteer walks through the door bringing with them an energy that leaves you lost for words. The Shelter rotas are like families. Everyone accommodating each other as we’re a such a mixed bunch and supporting each other to get the job done. I can do this, if you can do that.
It’s so emotionally rewarding doing the work we do. Yes, we give a lot to help homelessness but the Shelter also gives a lot back too.