Volunteering

Volunteering with Care Network will give you an opportunity to use your skills and experience to help vulnerable adults remain independent for longer.

To find out about volunteering opportunities with Care Network call  01254 292620.

 

Why volunteer?

What’s in it for me?

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You get to put theory into practice – however many courses you do, you will still need practical, hands on experience

You learn new skills – Care Network runs a series of training courses for volunteers – and they’re free

You make new friends – Care Network runs social events for volunteers and customers throughout the year

You get a reference – after volunteering for 6 months we will give you a reference when you apply for a job

You get your expenses paid – we pay back reasonable expenses for our volunteers. These include travel expenses, tea or coffee etc

It looks good on your CV – it tells employers that you’re serious and responsible

You give something back – volunteering is a great way to give something back to society and to feel appreciated

Who can volunteer?

You must be:

  • over 18
  • able to legally work in the UK
  • able to commit to at least 2 hours per week
  • able to provide 2 references

 

As you will be working with vulnerable adults you will be required to undergo an enhanced DBS check.

FAQ

Everything You Need to Know About Volunteering

How much time do I need to give? We have a range of opportunities offering flexibility in terms of time commitment. Most services need people to commit to a few hours per week or fortnightly. Others, like the administration roles need half or a full day each week. You can choose a role which suits the amount of time you have to give.

I work during the day. Does this mean I can’t volunteer with you? Most of our volunteering roles require a commitment that is weekdays during the hours of 10am to 5pm, there is some flexibility once you have started volunteering.

How long will I have to commit for? As a volunteer you are free to leave whenever you like. However if you feel things are not working out we would appreciate it if you talk it through with someone rather than just leave — as there may be alternatives available.

Can I try it and see if I like it? When a new volunteer joins us the first month is on a trial basis so you can see if the role suits you and if you are suitable for the role.

What can I expect when I apply to be a Volunteer? Care Network will send out an application pack and contact you to arrange an initial meeting with you. At this meeting they will discuss the various opportunities with you and will send off for your two references and process your Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check.

Why do you undertake Criminal Record Bureau (CRB) checks? As an organisation working with vulnerable people, we are legally obliged to carry out CRB checks for our volunteering roles. In addition, as good practice we ask all volunteers to disclose some information.
However a criminal record will not automatically mean you cannot volunteer for us — each situation is dealt with on an individual basis.

Who can I give as a referee? We ask for two references from people who have known you for a reasonable length of time. You cannot use relatives as referees, and prefer one to be from most recent employer. However if this is not possible you can provide character references from people who have known you personally for some time. We can discuss this with you when you come to register.

Will it cost me anything to volunteer? We do not want our volunteers to be out of pocket and will reimburse actual travel expenses related to your volunteering.

Will I receive any training? All volunteers will undertake a thorough induction, and we hold Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults Training and Disability Awareness training on a 6 monthly basis. The Volunteer Development Co-ordinator also discusses other training requirements with volunteers and subject to funding we hold other training on an ongoing basis.

Can I claim benefits while volunteering? Yes. The benefit regulations are clear that you can volunteer. The Volunteer Centre can provide up to date information about volunteering and different benefits.

Can I volunteer if I have a disability? Yes. We have volunteers with a range of disabilities. Where possible we will make reasonable adjustments to enable someone with a disability to volunteer in the role of their choice.

Are there any age limits to volunteering with you? There is no upper age limit. We cannot usually take volunteers under the age of 18 for insurance and child protection reasons.

What can I expect as a volunteer? You can expect a clear defined role for your volunteering and a nominated staff member to support you in that role. In addition to ongoing support and training, we also provide all volunteers with a 6 monthly opportunity to meet formally with the Volunteer Development Co-ordinator to review your progress.

Register

To register and find out more, please call us on 01254 292620.