Volunteering questions & answers

This page should answer your immediate questions about volunteering at Blind Veterans UK. If you can not find the answer to a question you have, please email volunteer@blindveterans.org.uk

    • Will it cost me to volunteer?
    • Will volunteering affect my benefits?
    • What does a police background check involve?
    • Do you have a minimum age for volunteers?
    • What if I cannot find a role I am interested in?


  1. Will it cost me to volunteer?

    No. We don't want our volunteers to be left out of pocket, so we reimburse all agreed expenses (as long as we can see receipts).

  2. Will volunteering affect my benefits?

    No, it won't. This is because we don't pay volunteers for their time, only to reimburse their expenses.

    Job Seekers' Allowance (JSA): you can volunteer as long as you're still available for work and are actively looking for paid employment.

    Income support and disability living allowance: anyone receiving these benefits can volunteer.

    Incapacity benefit: the rule that you can only volunteer for 16 hours a week has been scrapped: now volunteering doesn't affect your 'permitted work'.

     

  3. What does a police background check involve?

    If you'll be working with vulnerable adults, you'll have to go through a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check in England and Wales or a disclosure check in Scotland.

    It's a way of checking that you don't have any criminal convictions that should stop you from working with vulnerable adults. We'll pay for the checks, and they should not take too long. If you want to discuss the checks with us, just email us at volunteer@blindveterans.org.uk

  4. Do you have a minimum age for volunteers?

    No we don't - we really welcome young people as volunteers.

    If someone is under 18 then we'll make sure they're working with an adult. And if they're below 16 there are a certain roles that they won't be able to take on. We'll also make sure we have their parents' or guardians' consent.

  5. What if I can’t find a role I’m interested in?

    Just email us at volunteer@blindveterans.org.uk to tell us about how you might be able to help. We're very open to new ideas.

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