Volunteering FAQ

Do I need experience or qualifications to volunteer?

You don't have to have any experience. All we ask for is an up to date DBS (Data Barring Service) check. If you don't have one we are more than happy to assist you in applying for one for free.

Can I claim benefits while volunteering?

Yes. Claimants of welfare benefits such as Jobseekers Allowance, Income Support, Employment and Support Allowance, Incapacity Benefit and Disability Living Allowance are allowed to volunteer without losing their benefits.

Can students volunteer?

Yes, any student is welcome join us, you don't have to be studying health and social care either. Volunteering is a good way build your CV, confidence and work experience in a supported enviroment.

Can I leave if I don't like it?

Yes, of course. You are under no real obligation to keep volunteering. However, it is always worth talking to a staff member about this first.

We do ask for a weeks notice especialy if you are booked to support any up and coming trips.

Will I be interviewed? What will they ask me?

There won’t be a formal interview but we will ask to have a meeting to get to know you better. This also gives us the opportunity to discuss how you would like to volunteer, what hours or days you would like to join and if ASPiRES is right for you.

Are there set amount of hours I need to volunteer for?

No, whether you can donate two hours a week or two hours a year there is a place for you. It is up to you If you would like to join us for our working hours in the morning, activities in the afternoon or the whole day. If you can only help support on our events or outings, that would be welcomed also.

Can I volunteer with a friend or family member?

Yes, provided that ASPiRES is suitable for you both, at the times you can volunteer and that both your applications were successful.

What are the age requirements?

Because we are working with vunrable adults we do ask our volunteers to be certain ages for different rolls. Volunteering at workshop and evetns - 16+ If you are a health and social care student under 16 looking for work experience please get in touch by Clicking Here Day trips - 18+ We understand taking service users out on day trips is a big responsibility to undertake. Also there isn’t always a member of staff on our outings to support someone under 18.

 If you have any other questions please contact us and we will be more than happy to answer any you may have.