FAQ Category: Volunteering
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Do I need key skills to be able to volunteer?
Many of the roles on our website don’t require specific skills but ask that you have enthusiasm and an interest in the role/organisation. Depending on the role you are applying for you may be asked for communication skills or more specific attributes like counselling or financial management. The role description will let you know what they are seeking.
Do I have to commit a lot of time as a volunteer?
No, you can choose how often you volunteer. There are many roles (turn up and try) that simply require you to give a few hours to make a difference, other event roles for example, will involve you for a defined period of time – like a few days and then you are free again until the next event comes around. You can choose shifts and what events you get involved in. Other roles will ask you to give a regular commitment, but you can always talk to the organisation about the time you have.
I want to volunteer through my Employer
I want to volunteer for one-off opportunities
I don’t know what type of volunteering I want to do
Do I need a police check to volunteer?
Not all roles will need an Access NI check. If your volunteer role does require one, the organisation you want to volunteer with will help to sort this out at no cost to you.
I’m aged under 16 – can I still volunteer?
I’ve forgotten my password
How do I find a volunteer opportunity?
Use the opportunity search above – to see opportunities in your area enter your postcode, amend the distance to 5 miles and click ‘search’. You can also filter results by ‘Cause’ or ‘Type of Work’ if you wish.
To apply for any opportunities on our website, click ‘apply now’ in the opportunity description –this will prompt you to either create a new volunteering account or to sign in to an existing one.
Your contact details are then sent on to the organisation and they should respond to you within 10 days with more details.
If you need help using the search system, please contact Volunteer Now