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Volunteering Best Practice – easing lockdown
With the lockdown easing, many of you will be looking forward to getting back to your volunteering.
This guide will make you aware of what to expect from the organisation, in regards to ensuring that you remain as safe as possible during your volunteer activity.
Volunteering Best Practice Easing Lockdown
Will I have to give up every weekend?
Not necessarily! There are lots of different volunteer roles available. Some roles will require you to commit to a certain time every week or month. Others might be a one-off event, and others you might be able to do as and when you are able to. Volunteering is often flexible and organisations understand that you might not always be able to give up a whole day, every week. Some roles can be done from home in your spare time, others will require you to go into a shop, office or other location. Whatever time you have available, there will be a volunteer role to fit into it!
Do I have to help in a charity shop?
Not if you don’t want to! There’s a massive range of different roles available, from working in an office to looking after animals; from visiting and befriending to helping people take part in sports or other activities. We’re sure that you’ll find something that you will enjoy.
Will I be paid?
No, a volunteer role is an unpaid role. However, most organisations will pay for travel, and sometimes other out-of-pocket expenses. Unfortunately we can’t guarantee that all organisations will so it’s always best to check before you start volunteering. We don’t want volunteers to be out of pocket through their volunteering so we always encourage organisations to pay for expenses if they are able to.
I’m under 18, can I still volunteer?
Yes! There are lots of organisations that are happy to have volunteers that are under-18, although sometimes there will be lower and/or upper age limits. Contact the organisations to check.
Can I volunteer if I have a disability?
Definitely. Lots of people with disabilities volunteer, and while there are some (such as physically demanding roles) that might be difficult for you, we’re sure that you will be able to find one that suits you whatever your abilities. Find a role from our list of opportunities or contact us for more help.
Will volunteering affect my benefits?
Volunteering shouldn’t affect any benefits that you are claiming. Check with your Job Centre advisor to make sure.
I’ve applied for a role, what happens next?
We’ll pass your contact details onto the organisation so they can get in touch with you directly to discuss the role. You should hear from them in the next week or so, but sometimes it can take a bit longer. This is because lots of organisations only have part-time staff or may be completely volunteer run. If you haven’t heard anything 3 weeks after your application, let us know and we’ll chase it up for you.
Any other questions?
Contact Volunteer Now! on 01243 840305 or email email@example.com.