Emma Smith (aged 47) from the South West Coast, is a regular volunteer at a homeless shelter. It only takes a little to help those who need it a lot.
What is it you do to help the homeless?
“I volunteer in a shelter, serving food to the homeless. Although I always enjoy to have a chat and a giggle with the people I come into contact with there, as I feel like that is what makes their day.”
Why did you decide you would like to volunteer at the shelter?
“I find it so sad knowing that these people have so little. It doesn’t take much time and effort to put a smile on their face with something that people take for granted, such as food.”
“It doesn’t take much time and effort to put a smile on their face”
What is the typical gender and age group of the homeless people you meet?
“I don’t think I could really say there was a typical gender of the homeless people I meet, as we get both men and women coming to the shelter. However, I think we get more people aged 30-50, rather than younger or older people.”
What would you recommend people do to help the homeless?
“I would really recommend to anyone to do as much as possible to help the homeless. That may be by donating clothes or food to shelters. Making a batch of sandwiches every now and again. A little goes a long way. Help the people that need it the most.”
“A little goes a long way”