Volunteer Centre gives you all the information you need about volunteering and recruiting volunteers for your community group, non profit or organisation. If you’d like to volunteer, get in touch today!
Interested in Volunteering? We recruit for a wide variety of organisations and groups so tell us what interests you. We always need new volunteers! Register with us today.
Finding volunteers isn’t always easy, especially if you’re project is in a more isolated area. VASA help groups and organisations recruit volunteers. We register, DBS check, and interview.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What Are The Benfits Of Volunteering
Volunteers give their time freely and have the opportunity to be involved in something that they really want to do. There are many benefits, including:
- Meet new friends and gain confidence whilst you develop new skills.
- Help your community and gain work experience.
- Benefit from high quality training.
- Enhance your CV and improve your employment opportunities.
- Test the ground and change career direction.
- Have fun.
What Can The Volunteer Centre Do For You?
- Arrange a confidential one to one, face to face interview.
- Ask you about your interests and expectations.
- Tell you about the wide range of volunteering opportunities available
- Complete an application form with you.
- Talk to suitable organisations on your behalf, or provide you with contact details if you prefer.
- Offer support and information to you as a volunteer.
To help you find your perfect volunteer roles we have a number of tools available to us including a powerful database of roles, the Do-it website www.do-it.org.uk and our local knowledge.
Will I Need A Police Check?
Not necessarily. It will depend on the type of role that you’ll be doing and the types of people you’ll be working with.
If you’re working with children or vulnerable adults there’s a good chance you’ll need a Police check (“DBS check”).
A check is not a pass or fail, it tells whoever you would be working for what unspent convictions and cautions you have (if any) and checks your name against lists of people banned from working with childern and vulnerable adults. The organisation will then need to assess the risk of any unspent convictions and cautions against the role you would be carrying out and make a decision on whether or not to recruit you.
The Volunteer Centre will be able to advise you if a role will need a check. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
What Should I Expect At My Interview?
Your initial interview with an organisation will be a two way process, an opportunity for both parties to find out more. Questions to ask yourself before you volunteer:
- What do you hope to gain out of your volunteering?
- How much time can you spare for volunteering and when are you available?
- How far are you willing/able to travel?
- What type of activity are you interested in?
- What skills do you have that you want to use in your volunteering work?
Questions you need to ask the organisation:
- What commitments do they expect from you?
- Who will support and help you in your volunteering?
- Does the organisation have a written role description of the volunteering opportunity?
- Does the organisation pay our of pocket expenses such as travel?
- How do volunteers fit in with the overall structure of the organisation?
Will I Receive Expenses?
Many organisations do pay volunteer expenses, especially travel expenses. Some organisations offer volunteers other forms of reward, e.g. discounts on cafeteria items and discounts on entry to events, but this will largely depend on the type of organisation.
Will I Need References?
Most organisations will ask a potential volunteer for references. Depending on the policy of the organisation, these may be a combination of employment and personal references.
Will Volunteering Lead To A Paid Job?
It would be wrong to say that volunteering will lead to a paid job, although it can help you to find work:
- It gives you valuable skills and training.
- It gets you “work ready” if you’ve been out of work for a while.
- It improves your CV.
- It demonstrates to a potential employer your reliability and capability, especially if you’ve volunteered with this organisation.
- Finding the work you want is often about being in the right place at the right time and volunteering can mean you’re in the right place at the right time.
Will Volunteering Affect My Benefits?
The answer is generally “no”, although we strongly recommend that you talk to whoever pays your benefits to confirm this. VASA will take no responsibility if your volunteering does affect your benefits.
The Department for Work and Pensions has a useful guide on volunteering whilst receiving benefits.
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