Volunteer Opportunities



The Besom in Cambridge helps those who want to make a difference. It provides a bridge between those who want to give time, money, things or skills and those in need.

To find out more please phone 07936 703574 or email info@thebesomincambridge.org.uk


Jimmy's Night Shelter is heavily dependant on a wonderful volunteer team who support staff, serve meals, clear up, help make our guests comfortable and generally keep everything running smoothly.

We are currently having a hard time filling volunteer shifts. Would you like to try out a shift or two, to both help us out and to give you a greater insight into the work of Jimmy’s? And of course we’d be delighted if you were able to join us on a more permanent basis, working with us in a way that’s convenient to you: weekly, fortnightly or monthly turns.

We operate four shifts:

Breakfast (uncooked), 7.30am – 10.00am: serve cereal, keep tea & coffee etc topped up, clear up used dishes, help with bed making

Breakfast (cooked), 7.30am – 10.00am: provide cooked breakfast of (usually) eggs, sausages, bacon, beans etc, keep tea & coffee etc topped up, clear up used dishes

Evenings, 6.30pm – 9.30pm: serve evening meals, clean kitchen, collect used crockery, help as needed eg laundry

Overnights, 10.00pm – 7.00am: working with one project worker, some cleaning and tidying, followed by sleep on our comfy sofa (to be woken in an emergency).

Occasionally, if the overnight volunteer is unwell and calls in sick, we also need a team of reserves that can be called upon at short notice. It is possible to sleep on the shift, and the shelter is well protected with CCTV, professional procedures and boundaries.

If you can help (and are over 18 years of age), please ring 01223 576085 or email