Volunteer FAQs

Q: Where do I start?
A: Call us on 01245 250731 and speak to us about what you want to do, your reasons for volunteering, your needs and any concerns that you have. We can give you choices from the many volunteering opportunities we know about. And we can take it from there!

QHow much time will I need to give?
A: You can give as much or as little time as you want. Help from volunteers is needed at different times. You could volunteer during the day, in the evenings or at weekends. Some people help for a long period of time others for just a few months, weeks or even a couple of hours on one day a year. Let us know what suits you.

Q: Will my expenses be paid?
A: Most charities or voluntary groups will pay expenses. We can give you more information about this when you register an interest in a volunteering opportunity.

Q: Will my state benefits be affected?
A: If you are receiving benefits these should not be affected by volunteering.

Q: Will there be an interview with the organisations?
A: Most organisations will want to meet you. This should be a two way process which enables you to find out more about the organisation and volunteering opportunity. You can ask any questions you may have to find out if it is right for you and vice versa.

Q: What about references and police checks?
A: Some organisations will ask you to give the name of someone who can provide a character reference. Having a criminal record does not necessarily prevent you from volunteering, however if you are going to volunteer with children or vulnerable adults they will carry out a police check.

Q: What support is available?
A: The Volunteering Centre can offer tailored practical help and support through our Extra Support Needs project, for more information please call us on 01245 250731. Each organisation will have their own procedures in place.

Q: Do the organisations offer training?
A: Yes, some do. Depending on the type of volunteering opportunity this could be very basic or quite intensive.

Q: How long before I start my volunteering?
A: This can be a lengthy process due to the number of references and checks involved in certain opportunities. However please contact us if you have not heard from the organisation within 10 days.