Live-in community members and volunteers are needed at Guiseppe Conlon House. Come and be a part of a community of hospitality and non-violent resistance. If you want to live simply, in community with the poor, and work for peace and justice, then this is for you!
Tasks are diverse and include housekeeping, repairs, gardening, administration, case work, organizing and taking part in workshops and vigils, random creative projects and spending time with guests. We usually expect volunteers to make a minimum commitment of 3 months. We offer free accommodation and meals.
We ask potential volunteers to complete a questionnaire and provide us with a reference. It often takes about 3 to 6 months until a vacancy comes up so please let us know in advance if you are interested in joining our community.
Please contact us for more information:
- Email: londoncatholicworker[at]yahoo.co.uk
- Phone: 020 8348 8212
Other ways of participating
Volunteering: There are many other ways of getting involved for those who want to be part of our extended community. We have regular volunteers who come in to help us cook our communal meals in the evenings, pick up food donations by car or help us run the Urban Table soup kitchen in Hackney on Sundays.
We also rely on volunteers to help us with different aspects of our work by sharing their time, knowledge and skills. For example, we often need help with DIY, plumbing, book keeping, fundraising, IT, and publishing our newsletter.
Sign up to our email and mailing lists: You can get in touch to subscribe to our email list for regular updates and event announcements and sign up to our mailing list to receive our free newsletter.
Regular events: You are also welcome to visit us and to join us for our regular events (the following events are all at the house, unless we state otherwise):
First and third Tuesday of the month at 12.30 PM: One-hour prayer vigil in solidarity with migrants and refugees who make their way to Europe across the Mediterranean Sea. As part of the liturgy, we read the names and stories of people who have died attempting this dangerous crossing and call on our government to support search and rescue missions. The first Tuesday in front of the Foreign Office and the third Tuesday in front of the Home Office.
First Thursday of the Month at 7 PM: Round Table Discussion, which consists of a talk or presentation on themes connected to Catholic Worker spirituality, followed by discussion.
Third Thursday of the month at 7 PM: Prayer service with specific justice and peace themes.
Second and fourth Thursday of the month at 7 PM: Bible Sharing with lectio divina.
Last Friday of the month at 6.30 PM: Rosary of the Oppressed
We would be very grateful for any help you can give us. We are all volunteers, so we are able to make the best possible use of what we are given, for the benefit of those who are in need. At Giuseppe Conlon House we try, as much as possible, to use food that would otherwise go to waste. We receive donations of bread, fruit and vegetables from local shops and markets. However, we also depend on donations of basic supplies such as cooking oil, sugar, spreads and tea. Suggested items are listed below. For some some information to help make ethical consumer choices, click here.
Food: Cooking oil, olive oil, vinegar, sugar, salt, pepper, spices, mustard, mayonnaise, breakfast cereals, chilli sauce, tinned tomatoes, vegetable stock, milk, low-fat spreads, fruit juice, herbal teas, instant coffee, hot chocolate powder, jam, marmalade, peanut butter, chocolate spread, honey, rice, couscous, all kinds of beans, pulses and lentils.
Other: Toiletries (shampoo, shower gel, deodorant, shaving products, liquid soap), cleaning products, toilet and kitchen paper.
Money: We continue to rely on donations to pay our rent, bills and other costs. To make a donation please click or send a cheque, payable to "London Catholic Worker", to Guiseppe Conlon House, 49 Mattison Road, London N4 1BG.
"Prayer --without this, all the rest is useless"