Volunteering FAQ

Why do people volunteer?

Volunteering with Waverley Care is a great way to:

  • add to your CV
  • learn new skills to help you get back into work
  • get involved in your local community
  • make a difference to someone’s quality of life
  • increase your confidence and self-esteem
  • put your existing skills and interests to use
  • meet new people
  • contribute towards preventing new HIV and Hepatitis C infections

Who can volunteer?

Anyone with an open-mind and enthusiasm can volunteer for Waverley Care. You can be highly trained and skilled or have no formal qualifications at all. Everyone who volunteers for us is equally important.Having a criminal record is not necessarily a barrier to volunteering with us. We ask that you confidentially disclose your offence to our volunteer coordinator who will advise you whether it will affect whether you can volunteer or if certain roles may be restricted.

Do you offer training to volunteers?

Yes. How much training you will need to undertake will depend on what role you wish to volunteer for. Some can be on-the-job training and some will require you to undertake our volunteer training course which runs over four Saturdays at various points during the year.We also run refresher training sessions for existing volunteers to keep you up-to-date with current issues.

How much time do I need to give as a volunteer?

If a role requires a specific commitment, we’ll always let you know first. Otherwise you can give us as much or as little time as you like.

Do I get paid to volunteer?

No. When you sign up to volunteer you’re giving us your time and skills for no financial payment. We will refund reasonable out of pocket expenses though. Talk to your volunteering coordinator about what these are, whether you are eligible for them and how you can claim.

Will volunteering affect my benefits?

No. You will not be paid for your time volunteering with us and will only be reimbursed expenses, so your income from benefits will not be affected. If you have additional questions or concerns, please speak to a volunteer coordinator.

How do I apply to become a volunteer?

We suggest you first give us a call to have a chat about volunteering with us. Depending on the role you want to do, we may then ask you to fill in our Volunteer Application Form. To volunteer for some roles we will also ask you to complete a Protecting Vulnerable Groups Disclosure (PVG) check. We will organise and pay for this and will ask you to complete the necessary forms and provide supporting documentation. We can tell you which roles require a PVG check when you contact us.