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Giving Street people U-turn vouchers instead of cash, helps us establish contact individuals and is the start of our rehabilitation journey.​


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You can help and support the homeless through U-Turn in at least 5 ways. This will make a difference and change lives.​

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We cherish professional input to help us grow U-turn. See volunteering opportunities available or email us with your suggestions.​

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(Cape Town Southern Suburbs)

Our cashless voucher system provides homeless people with access
to one meal or one item of clothing and an opportunity for U-Turn to
start journeying with them to fullness of life.

Places to purchase U-Turn Vouchers

U-Turn Head Office – 155 2nd Ave, Kenilworth
U-Turn Retail Stores – Philippi, Southfield, Wynberg & Claremont
Oggi Activewear – 104 2nd Ave, Claremont
Westerford Kwikspar – Campground Road, Rondebosch
SuperSpar – Rosmead Avenue, Kenilworth
Engen Garage – Main Road, Claremont
  – Gabriel Road, Wynberg
  – Ladies Mile Road

Support U-Turn

Choose the way you want to get involved.

Buy vouchers online

Donate Clothes

Donate your clothes using one of our bins

Hand out vouchers

Hand out vouchers to the homeless

Cycle for team U-Turn

Find the closest clothing bins and voucher resellers near you

Clothing Bin Locations

Places to Purchase Vouchers

Volunteering Opportunities

To apply for any of the roles listed below, and to help us administrate your application effectively, please fill in the Volunteer Application Form 

Volunteer at our daily soup kitchens, working alongside the U-turn staff to welcome homeless people, record their name, take a picture of new clients & serve food. You would ideally feel comfortable talking to homeless people and learning from them about life on the streets. Giving short gospel talks if you have the calling is optional.

Skills needed: Happy to engage with street people,  with a professional and polite manner. No previous experience required but a willingness to learn is essential.

Working with: U-turn staff & with the street people we serve

Frequency: Weekly (we will ask you to please choose one day of the week and commit to that)

Where: U-turn service centre in Claremont (Powerhouse)

At what time: 15:45-17:00 (Mon-Fri)

Commitment minimum: 3 months for at least 1 day a week

Reason for minimum commitment: We have to train you about our process and it would be good if you can get to know some of the street people

Duration: A minimum of 3 months

Contact person: Lise van der Dool

To apply: Please submit the volunteer application form to Lise

Assist U-turn to create multimedia presentations for Website, Facebook and public speaking events. There is a great need for short video clips to promote upcoming events or to introduce the work of U-turn more generally, or to capture feedback from volunteers.  They could be used fairly frequently at the different public speaking engagements that we undertake.

Skills needed: Video editing skills, video capturing skills

Working with: U-turn staff & in a limited way also with Street people when gathering footage

Frequency: One-off

Where: Either your office or the U-Turn office at 155 2nd Ave, Kenilworth

At what time: Flexible

Commitment minimum: 1 video

Reason for minimum commitment: More would be wonderful but we won’t say no to even 1 🙂

Duration: We can normally give people 4-6 weeks lead time on a video clip that we would need

Contact person: Lise van der Dool

To apply: Please submit the volunteer application form and include your CV to Lise

We are looking for a qualified counsellor or clinical psychologist who wants to volunteer some time  providing supervision services to the U-Turn staff.

Skills needed: Formal accredited training as a clinical psychologist or counsellor

Working with: U-Turn staff only

Frequency: Ad hoc as counselling needs arise

Where: Either your office or the U-Turn office at 155 2nd Ave, Kenilworth

At what time: Whenever it suits you, preferably one hour a week

Commitment minimum: To councel 1 staff work through a specific issue or be available generally for 3 months

Reason for minimum commitment: We would think that debriefing a specific incident might require multiple sessions and, if possible to avoid it, we would not want to have to change counsellors mid way through a counselling journey. We would therefore ask the counsellor to commit to seeing a particular issue through, or, if staff need advice on general issues, be available for a minimum of 3 months

Duration: No specific end date

Contact person: Sam Vos

To apply: Please submit the volunteer application form and include your CV to Sam

Update: please note that this role has now been filled. Thank you for all your interest and support.

The U-turn model is innovative and successful thanks to our flourishing Charity Stores and retail section. This allows U-turn to provide working experience and rehabilitation to our second phase champions, as well as contribute to a sustainable financial model (around 48% of U-turn’s funds are self-generated).

The model also produces large quantities of clothing that cannot be sold. We recycle this fabric into various products for sale including quilting packs, cleaning rag packs, punching bags, etc. U-turn encourages people who access our services for food and clothing without a voucher to take part in “ragging” duties, to create a culture of accountability and to help us recycle this fabric to generate products that help to raise funds for our clients.

We are looking for a production line manager to help manage our ragging team. You will be responsible for:

  • establishing a production line for different products, and refining/improving existing production lines.
  • quality control to ensure our products meet our buyers’ expectations.
  • prospecting potential buyers and stockists for our products.
  • delivering and communicating with buyers and stockists.
  • trouble-shooting difficulties or problems with products.
  • overseeing our production line – this is an ever changing depending on U-turn clients who arrive at the service centre to access our services, and requires clear communication skills to quickly ensure everyone on the production line understands what is needed on any given day.

Skills needed: No formal skills are required, however, you will need to be detail orientated and have excellent interpersonal skills as you will be managing an informal ragging team, made up of U-turn’s first phase client currently living on the streets.

Working with: U-turn first phase clients currently living on the street

Frequency: Four hours every afternoon, five days a week

Where: U-turn’s Powerhouse Service Centre, 14 Stegman Rd, Claremont, Cape Town, 7708, South Africa

At what time: 1:00 – 5:00 pm from Monday – Friday

Commitment minimum: We ask for a minimum 3 months commitment

Reason for minimum commitment: We will need to train the potential Production Line Manager on sorting fabrics, quality control and most importantly, how to work effectively with the ragging team. This requires U-turn resources and we ask for a minimum of 3 months service, to ensure that this time spent training is used meaningfully. The Production Line manager will also be expected to train the volunteer who replaces them.

Duration: No specific end date

Contact person: Lise van den Dool

To apply: Please submit the volunteer application form and include your CV to Lise