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Questions about volunteering
Questions about volunteering

Questions about volunteering

Who can volunteer?

There are lots of different volunteering opportunities in Hft, whatever inspires you. We have volunteers who are students, retired, disabled or non-disabled and of many different ethnic or religious backgrounds. If you share our vision of supporting people with learning disabilities to live better lives, we’d be happy to hear from you.

If you’re under 18 and would like to volunteer for us, you will need permission from a parent or guardian.

How much time do I need to commit?

As much as you want. Tell us what you can do and when you’re available and we’ll try to find a role that suits you.

We have lots of different volunteering opportunities, whether you’re looking for a long term role, or would like to volunteer short term or for one-off events. We appreciate any support you can provide and will try to find a role that is right for you.

Do I need specialist skills to volunteer with Hft?

Many of our volunteering roles don’t require specialist skills, but we’re also happy to hear from people with specific skills they’d like to use when volunteering. Just let us know what you can do and we’ll discuss how we can best use your skills.

What support and training would I get?

All our volunteers have an induction when they start and initial training to carry out their role. There may also be opportunities for further training.

You’ll also have ongoing support through a support network and regular information updates.

Do you pay volunteers?

While we don’t pay volunteers a salary, we do pay reasonable expenses, which might include travel or meals when you’re volunteering.

Could it affect my benefits?

  You can volunteer for Hft even if you’re on benefits. We’ll provide you with guidance on what you need to do to make sure you meet benefit agency requirements. 

Can groups get involved?

Yes there may well be opportunities from time to time for a community group, corporate group, activity group or family to volunteer with Hft. Contact your local Hft office to find out about opportunities that might be available.

What if I have a criminal record?

Having a criminal record won’t necessarily bar you from volunteering with Hft. It depends on the role you’re applying for, and the circumstances and background of the offences.

We need to safeguard and protect the people with learning disabilities we work with. For some roles we need to complete several checks before taking on new volunteers.

In most cases, you’ll be asked to complete a standard DBS check. An Enhanced DBS check will be needed for volunteers working directly with vulnerable adults.

We will ask for your consent to a clearance check. Any information supplied will be treated in confidence, in line with the Data Protection Act. You don’t have to agree to these checks but objecting could affect your recruitment.

I’m an asylum seeker/refugee, can I volunteer?

If you have refugee status or have exceptional leave to stay in the UK, you can volunteer. Although you may not be allowed to have paid employment, you are entitled to expenses for your volunteering work.

If you want to do a volunteering role where you’re in direct contact with someone we support, we will need to do a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check before you can start volunteering for us. If you’re new to the UK, this can take time.