Will I receive support while volunteering?
Support will be offered by the organisations you are volunteering with. Volunteer Hartlepool is on hand to offer any additional support to help you make the most of your time as a volunteer. Feel free to get in touch with us at any point to see how we can help.
How many hours do I have to give?
Hours tend to be flexible and varied depending upon your role. All we ask is that once you have agreed your volunteering hours you stick to the schedule and that if you do need to make any changes let your organisation know as soon as possible.
Will volunteering affect my benefits?
Unfortunately we are unable to comment on individual cases, however generally volunteering should not affect your benefits. We strongly recommend that you speak to the benefit provider.
Will I need to have a DBS check?
Some roles may involve working with children and adults who may be vulnerable. Therefore, depending on your volunteer role, you may be asked to complete a DBS disclosure (previously CRB) prior to volunteering.
Will I receive reimbursement for any expenses?
Some organisations may provide out of pocket expenses. You may want to enquire about this before you start.
Will I need to provide references?
Some organisations may want to take up references before you get started. This is not something to worry about, in many cases this is just to confirm you are who you day you are. In a lot of circumstances friends are acceptable references, check with the volunteering organisation to find out who would be suitable referees.
Will I receive any training?
You should receive some initial basic training and an induction when you start to volunteer. Many organisations offer training in in-house alongside your volunteer role. To find out more about training you could do to support and develop your volunteer role, Volunteer Hartlepool are on hand to help.