Joseph Cowen Health Centre Volunteer

The Joseph Cowen Health Centre provides a range of health and wellbeing services to rough sleepers and other isolated individuals which require help and support with a range of issues.

The project provides access to GP’s, harm reduction support (such as a needle exchange) as well as a wide range of wellbeing support such as showers, internet / phone access, washing machine. Volunteer Role and responsibilities:

To assist the Joseph Cowen staff to provide a drop in facility for vulnerable/lonely adults. These will include:

  • To support with provision of health and wellbeing services
  • To support structured activities
  • Supporting visitors with access to the internet and telephone
  • To prepare light refreshments (hot drinks)Helping to prepare materials to be used in the sessions
  • Ensuring safe working practices are adhered to
  • Helping to provide a friendly, safe and supportive environment for individuals who visit the facility
  • To help clear up equipment
  • To assist Staff with potential project planning
  • To provide a listening ear to visitors who just want to have a chat


  • You will require great communication skills, a willingness to start conversations empathetic and be a keen listener.
  • An enthusiasm for and / or knowledge of working with vulnerable, lonely and isolated people and generally work as part of a supportive and friendly team
  • Though not essential, an enthusiasm for and / or background in working with vulnerable adults


  • Expenses reimbursed
  • Ongoing support

When can I volunteer?

Start Date: 10/06/2022

End Date: 01/08/2023

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The Joseph Cowen Health Centre,
8 Wilfred Street,
Newcastle upon Tyne
Tyne and Wear

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