You have decided to enter the world of volunteering... now how do you apply and what happens when you do?
Step 1 - Register as a Volunteer
You need to create a Volunteer account. You can do so by completing our Volunteer Registration Form. This form asks for a few more details about you and your interests around volunteering, the information you submit in this form will be shared with the charity, community group or non-profit advertising the volunteering opportunity you apply for. This information can be edited by you at any time via the 'Volunteer Access' menu once you have logged in.
Be sure to opt-in to receive the CVS Volunteers eBulletin when you register. You can also Sign Up here by submitting your email. You will receive news and updated local opportunities direct to your inbox (published approx once a month).
If you have any support needs that you feel may prevent you or someone you may know from registering and getting into volunteering. We can help with a one to one volunteering support session in tackling any challenges and finding the right opportunity for you. Call us on 01270 763 100 and talk to one of our Team.
Step 2 - Apply
At this stage, you are all set up and ready to start applying for volunteering roles. Search through our Current Volunteering Opportunites section and at the bottom of each opportunity you will find the 'Apply Now' button.
What else might you need to know?
The volunteering opportunities hosted on our website have been submitted by the respective, charity, community group or non-profit seeking volunteers. In applying for a volunteering opportunity, your submitted details are sent the respective organisation who in turn will respond to you directly. If you haven't had a response to your application within 10 working days, drop us an email with your details to let us know.
Volunteering doesn't just help and support the organisation and community you'd be volunteering for, volunteering has real benefits for the volunteer too. There is a role out there for everyone and new volunteering opportunities appear on our website each week.
The rights of volunteers refers to the ‘best practice’ methods that we encourage organisations that we refer you on to, to adopt. In life, rights come with responsibilities and volunteering is no exception to this.
Every organisation and role is different, but here are some responsibilities you should adhere to as a volunteer:
- Only undertake tasks you feel able to handle
- Meet your agreed time commitments or to provide adequate notice that you will be unavailable
- Perform your tasks to the best of your ability
- Follow organisational policies and procedures
- Respect confidentiality
- Represent the organisation accurately and positively at all times
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However, please do bear in mind that applying for DBS, where applicable, and seeking references can take time for any organisation so it could be a few weeks or months before you actually start. Especially if any specialist training is compulsory for a particular role. If an organisation feels that you are not suitable for the position you applied for, you should be told at an early stage and the reasons why.
You will be expected to let the organisation know as soon as you can if you are unable to carry out your volunteer role.
Equally, you will be expected to keep confidential any information obtained during your volunteering and only share information as appropriate and in accordance with the organisations confidentiality policy.
We would strongly recommend that you obtain a copy of the Department for Work and Pensions booklet ‘Volunteering While Receiving Benefits’, 2010
However, please note that some organisations cannot afford to pay expenses. It is a good idea to check their expenses policy before you start to volunteer with them.
If you are still not satisfied with your volunteer role and/or the organisation, contact the Membership Services Team at email@example.com for ideas on alternative roles. Please do not think that all volunteering is unsuitable for you.