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Volunteering FAQs

Who can volunteer?

Anyone who shares our vision of supporting learning disabled people to live the best life possible is welcome to volunteer. If you’re under 18, you will need permission from a parent or guardian.

How much time do I need to commit?

We don’t set a fixed term for your volunteering. Whether you’re looking for a long-term position, or would like to volunteer for a one-off event, we’ll work with you to find a role that suits you.

Do I need specialist skills to volunteer with Hft?

Most of our volunteering roles don’t require specialist skills, but we’re also happy to hear from people with specific skills they’d like to use when volunteering. Just let us know what you can do and we’ll discuss how we can best use your talents and experience.

What support and training would I get?

All our volunteers have an induction when they start and initial training to carry out their role. There may be opportunities for further training. You’ll also receive ongoing support through our support network and regular information updates.

Do you pay volunteers?

While we don’t pay volunteers a salary, we do pay reasonable expenses, which might include travel or meals when you’re volunteering.

Could it affect my benefits?

You can volunteer for Hft even if you’re on benefits. We’ll provide you with guidance on what you need to do to make sure you meet benefit agency requirements.

Can groups get involved?

We have opportunities for larger groups, including corporate teams, to volunteer with us.  Contact your local Hft office to find out about opportunities that might be available.

What if I have a criminal record?

You may still be able to volunteer if you have a criminal record – it depends on the role you’re applying for. We’ll ask you to complete a DBS (Disclosure and Barring) check, and make a decision on a case-by-case basis.

I’m an asylum seeker/refugee, can I volunteer?

If you have refugee status or have exceptional leave to stay in the UK, you can volunteer.

If you want to do a volunteering role where you’re in direct contact with someone we support, we will need to do a DBS check, which can take some time when you’re new to the UK.


Find out more about the different ways of volunteering, and sign up today!