I think I am too busy to volunteer.
Volunteering can be as much or as little time as you feel you are
able to give. It could be just once a month, once a week or even full time.
Will I be out of pocket?
Most volunteering roles pay ‘out of pocket expenses’ such as travel costs, food. Although volunteers don’t get ‘paid’ you do receive ‘free’ training and learn new skills which can often lead to employment.
I have had a look at the volunteering opportunities
on offer and there is nothing I like.
Let us know what you are interested in doing and we will work to find you something you want to do.
What if I don’t like the role once I have started volunteering?
As a volunteer if you are not enjoying it you may leave whenever you like. However, you will be supported in your role so there will be lots of time to talk with the organisation you are volunteering with to make sure the role is meeting your needs and you are enjoying volunteering.
I have a disability: can I volunteer?
Yes, there is a wide variety of roles available to people interested in volunteering. We would be happy to talk to you about the differnet roles available and any additional support you may need.
I am unemployed – will volunteering affect my benefits?
You can do as much volunteering as you like and still claim benefits. You should let your benefits advisor know what you’re planning to do and especially if you will be claiming expenses.
Job Centre Plus has produced a Useful Guide for Volunteering While On Benefits