Support with Interventions to Counter Homelessness (SWITCH) commenced delivery in June 2016, and is a four year funded project by the Big Lottery Fund.

Delivered across Hull, a team of staff and volunteers offer a one-to-one mentoring service to support individuals recognised as homeless, living in hostels, sofa surfers and individuals struggling to manage and maintain property they are in. This project is unique in the Hull area, as it is the only project to provide a mentoring service directly to the homeless and people at risk of homelessness.

Individuals are matched with a Volunteer Mentor, to support and enable individuals to independently engage with and work towards goals to gain independence in their community. The support offered is extra support on top of the services working in Hull to combat existing homelessness. Goal setting, confidence building, assisting with tasks such as housing applications, attending appointments and battling isolation are a few of the tasks our Volunteer Mentors take on to support Mentees.

The Switch Project at the Volunteer Centre Hull aims to place Volunteers with those in housing need.

If you are an agency in Hull who is working with individuals who you feel would benefit from this service, please complete and return a referral form.

Would you like an opportunity to widen your skills, knowledge and experience working with marginalised or vulnerable groups or simply give back to your community?

Volunteer Mentors have an opportunity to support the work of local hostels and supported accommodation projects. Working with one or a few service users in transitionary housing, Volunteer Mentors support individuals to reach their goals and aspirations. Completing support plans, setting goals and reviewing progress Volunteer Mentors can help service users access secure housing, work and health care as well as increase confidence, motivation and wellbeing. Volunteers with a particular skill they wish to share also have the opportunity to work with groups of service users increasing life-skills and offering an opportunity to socialise.

Volunteer Mentors can benefit from a full induction and training, regular supervision and support from the Switch Project Team as well as all out of pocket expenses reimbursed.

If you wish to pursue this opportunity please contact the Switch Project Team or alternatively, please fill in the application form.

Switch Referral Form
Volunteer – Application Form
Volunteer – Task Description
Kristina Golijanin
Kristina GolijaninTeam Lead
Jack Houghton
Jack HoughtonProject Worker
Caroline Frost
Caroline FrostProject Worker

Contact us:

The Strand
75 Beverley Road

01482 595501

Recent Tweets from SWITCH


Santa visits Rainbow Nursery

The SWITCH Team had an exciting change of scene yesterday. Usually office based and out and about in the community working with vulnerable adults at risk of homelessness and the homeless, they had the pleasure to partake in the yearly Santas Grotto at the Rainbow Nursery