at Canopy is being part of a team to renovate and decorate a house and
make it into a new home for someone that is homeless. You do not need
to have already tried DIY, we can teach you everything you’ll need
to know. The best way to learn sometimes is to get stuck in and have a
What type of work will I do?
You will get the opportunity to try painting, wall papering, sanding,
laying laminate flooring, tiling, plastering and many more jobs to turn
a derelict house into a new home. Once you have been here for a while,
you’ll have the opportunity to teach your new found skills to the
Canopy has a friendly, relaxed attitude and is keen to welcome new volunteers.
Aside from work, we have an office space with computers, laundry facilities,
table football and a workshop. We go out on regular outings, play five
aside football and spend time, chatting and drinking tea.
When to I volunteer?
Volunteering days are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, from 10am until 4pm.
Canopy will refund travel and lunch expenses so you won’t be out
How do I become a volunteer?
It is very simple to become a volunteer, just give us a call. When we
have volunteering places available, you will be invited to visit us and
we will take a few details from you and give you some information on how
to work safely on site with the other volunteers. We will introduce you
to all the staff and volunteers, show you round the office and show you
where we are working on site, then arrange a suitable start day. Contact
Testimonials from existing volunteers
I first heard about canopy last year through a job
search scheme. I was only there for about a week but in that week I met
nice, helpful down to earth people. I also learnt skills that I never
thought I would be able to do. I enjoyed my time there that much I came
back as a proper volunteer. Again I have only been here a short while
but I have learnt lots of new, useful skills and I have met lots of new
friends. Its like one big happy family, I am loving it.
Hello I’m FREY D. working as a volunteer at
canopy. I’m a student at Leeds Thomas Danby but when I’ve
got a free time or a week off, I spend it with canopy because, believe
me, there is a lot of thing to discover about the project. Once you’re
in, you can’t get out there’s so much fun there. Ok let’s
talk about it, canopy I think you already know it; it’s a project
to re-housing people and help them about their accommodation. But there’s
no just a re-housing about it, when you’re in, you meet different
people from different country, and there’s equality between people
so we look up to each other and respect their standpoint and religion.
Sometime we used to go out for a trip, playing paint ball, booling, or
climbing and more stuff… too. The main thing about canopy according
to me, it’s the way that they care about people who doesn’t
have house, the way they respect them and try to help them no just about
housing but forward their goal. When I came first there, I found it bored
because I couldn’t speak properly and understand English because
I’m a French speaker but a few weeks later with them I begun to
improve my language step by step, it was hard but they help me as well
to learn abet about building, how to plastering, tiling, carpeting, decorating
and more stuff like this. Why not coming and discover by yourself what
I’m trying to explain about it and enjoy the same feeling that we
all have about the project.
Initially I came to Canopy to keep myself busy and
involved in social activities, but I realized that Canopy is helping needy
which gave me satisfaction and stimlualtion to be a regular part of Canopy.
Canopy is a project to provide homes for homeless and refurbish the ruined
properties Simultaneously Canopy's volunteer program provides opportunities
for different age groups of varied cultures to learn practical skills
and positive behaviour towards the society. Canopy also invests in recreational
activities for volunteers time by time. I have been working here since
two years and got the chance to interact with multicltural people of different
ages. I have done a lot of DIY work in various properties which gave me
confidence to share my skills with other volunteers. I really admire the
help and assistance Canopy provided during all these years.