Am I allowed to volunteer if I am receiving benefits?
Yes – but we would recommend informing your Job Centre about your volunteering. See the Gov.uk website for more information.
Can I volunteer if I am a refugee or asylum seeker?
If you have refugee status or exceptional leave to remain you are able to volunteer with us. If you are an asylum seeker you can also volunteer with us, but this will have to stop if your final appeal is refused and you are denied leave to remain.
What age do I have to be?
Most of our volunteering roles are for age 18 or over. We may be able to accept younger volunteers, but this will depend on the role and our capacity. Please get in touch if you are under 18 and interested in volunteering.
How much time do I need to give?
We don’t ask for a minimum time requirement. You are able to be flexible with your commitment, and in general can give as little or as much time as you are able to offer, but some roles such as befriending do benefit from regular and/or scheduled involvement.
Do I need any particular skills or previous experience?
Whilst these are helpful, you don’t need to have any previous experience or skills to volunteer with us. Enthusiasm, a friendly manner and a willingness to get involved are more important. Our roles provide a great opportunity for you to learn and develop new skills.
Do you provide any training?
Yes, but this will vary depending on the role. You will receive a full induction to ensure you are comfortable and confident, and regular support, check ins and refresher training throughout your time with us.
Are expenses covered?
We cover out of pocket expenses, such as travel costs from your home to where you volunteer.
Will I be insured?
Brunelcare has public liability insurance. For any volunteering roles that involve driving, you will need to be covered by your own car insurance.
Do I need to have had a COVID vaccination to volunteer?
Due to our work with older and sometimes vulnerable people, it is vital we reduce any risks related to COVID-19, therefore we ask all volunteers to be fully vaccinated before they start volunteering.
What is the sign up process?
You can search and apply for roles on our volunteering website. After you apply for a role, we will carry out a DBS check and attain a reference using the details you have given us. Once these have come back and both us and you are happy to continue, we will invite you to begin training and induction.
Can school, work and community groups get involved?
Yes, of course. Please contact us for more details at email@example.com.