A Volunteer’s Experience


52 years ago, a young Tim came to the Crypt to volunteer for a few days. The experience shaped his thinking forever, sowing seeds of goodwill into his young life.

Tim says:

Just before Christmas 1967, aged 16, I came to spend maybe 3 or 4 days helping out, as one of a few boys brought by our school Chaplain from Monkton Combe School, near Bath, a school with a still-continuing strong Christian culture.  (I had come to know Jesus around 14 months before).

That short visit, taking me far and away from my comfortable middle-class life and showing me first-hand the homeless labourer, and the doctor, and others, and the way in which they were being helped, plus the “toy shop” for poor families at Christmas, impacted me profoundly, to this day.

I went on to spend 27 years running a small clothing shop in Clevedon, Somerset, where I live, and was delighted, from time to time over the years, to be able to send some of our stock, and some other clothing where I felt that the Holy Spirit was nudging me, to the crypt. I am thrilled to see that the operation continues, and appears to have grown. Praise God!

St George’s Crypt currently has over 130 volunteers working throughout the organisation. There are many different volunteering opportunities across our range of different sites including cafes, events, retail, and our care centre. All of which are used as training sites for our residents and service users, so opportunities to change people’s lives are endless.

We have roles to suit volunteers from all backgrounds and ages. With roles available over weekdays, weekends and evenings to fit all availabilities, including event volunteering to fit in with even the busiest of volunteers!


Here are a few facts regarding volunteering:

  • Nearly 50% of Crypt staff started as volunteers or placements
  • Volunteering offers relevant work experience
  • Improves social skills and helps you make new friends!
  • You can make a difference in people’s lives
  • Use your professional skills and knowledge to benefit others
  • 44% of the population volunteer at least once a year
  • Volunteers save St George’s Crypt approximately £102,000 added value per year


If you would like to volunteer, check out our website or contact Olivia Quick directly for currently available opportunities on olivia.quick@stgeorgescrypt.org.uk