We get asked a lot of questions about how you can become a volunteer and what is involved, so we've tried to answer as many of these as we can in our frequently asked questions (FAQs) below. If you can't find the answer you're looking for, please email email@example.com
Take a look at our current volunteering opportunities and see if there is a role that interests you.
For each role, there is a role description that provides details about what the role involves and what kind of training or support we'd provide. It tells you where the role is based and details of how to apply if you’re interested.
Once you've found a role that you are interested in, complete the application form and send it to the person named on the advert.
We will have a look at your application form and get in touch either to arrange an informal chat about the role; or perhaps, in some circumstances, suggest an alternative role which we feel might be a better fit. Occasionally, we might not have an appropriate role for you, so we may signpost you to other organisations or charities.
When we invite you to have an informal chat about the role, it means we can find out a bit more about you and you can find out more about us and the role you have applied for.
For most of our roles, we also ask you to give us details of two people who would be willing to provide you with a reference to support your application.
For some of our roles, you will need to have a police check. In England and Wales, this will be a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check, in Northern Ireland it will be an Access NI check, and in Scotland you will become a member of the Disclosure Scotland Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme.
For some roles, there is mandatory training that needs to be completed before you can start your volunteering. This will help you gain new skills and feel confident in your volunteering role
Not all volunteer roles require training. If you are volunteering at an event, like a Resolution Run for instance, you will receive information about your role before the event and receive on the day support from one of our teams.
The role description for each role will let you know what kind of commitment is needed.
For other roles, you will just need time and enthusiasm.
You will either have your ID checked directly by us or whilst having a DBS check, an Access NI check or Disclosure Scotland PVG Scheme check.
The type of check required for each role will be written in the role description.
All checks are free of charge for volunteers and we will support you to apply for them.
Once you’re a registered volunteer with us, you can claim reasonable travel costs while volunteering and other expenses by arrangement.
Occasionally we do have opportunities for those aged 16-17. If these opportunities are available, they will be advertised on the volunteering opportunities page.
All volunteers aged 16 – 17 would need to be accompanied by a parent/guardian at all times when volunteering and complete a young person’s risk assessment with the person advertising for the role.
Further information about volunteering while claiming benefits can be found on the National Council of Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) website or talk to your job coach or benefits advisor.