Who can volunteer?
Anyone can volunteer and we'd really appreciate your help. We have a range of opportunities available so do please get in touch. But you do need to be at least 18.
How much time do I have to give as a volunteer?
As much as you want and are able to give. The amount of time needed is different for each role. It could be a one-off or a longer term commitment.
What skills do I need to volunteer?
In general the skills we most need are enthusiasm, commitment and friendliness. Some roles may require certain skills and this will be clearly stated in a specific role description.
Do you offer training to volunteers?
Most volunteer roles do not require any specific training although all volunteers are given a full briefing before they start the role. Some positions require that training is given in advance before volunteer work commences but we can discuss this at the time.
What will I get out of volunteering?
That depends on the reason you have chosen to volunteer. Many volunteers great huge satisfaction out of making a difference to the lives of our Veterans living with mental health difficulties. Your volunteering may also help you use existing skills or learn new ones, as well as meet new people and gain confidence. And you may also gain work experience for your CV.
Will I be paid to cover my expenses?
Yes. You would be reimbursed for reasonable expenses that arise from volunteering, such as travel and lunch. The types of expenses you can claim for will be confirmed once you start our volunteering position.
Will I be interviewed?
Most roles will involve an informal chat so you can find out more about VWD and what the opportunity involves. We will ask you to provide basic personal information so that we can help match you to the most appropriate position as well as keep in touch on an agreed basis.
What support will I get?
We will make sure you have all the information you need to perform your role, a main contact so you know who to go to with any questions or concerns, information about health and safety and your expenses reimbursed where agreed. Being part of the team means that there is always support from other volunteers too.
What about disclosure and barring checks?
As part of our safeguarding policies we ask you to disclose if you have any convictions that are unspent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, when you sign up to a volunteering opportunity.
As part of our equal opportunities policy, we wish to ensure that we don’t discriminate against ex-offenders. However some posts within VWD are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 as they involve working directly with vulnerable adults and will require a DBS check.
By using the DBS to assess volunteers, as well as all other roles at, or which work with VWD, we fully comply with the DBS Code of Practice. We are committed to treating all applicants equally and undertake not to discriminate unfairly against the subject of a positive disclosure.