Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q - Do I have to attend an induction?

    A - The simple answer is yes, the purpose of which is to ensure that volunteers (You) are able to carry out their volunteering roles as effectively as possible. The induction process takes less than 5 minutes, it is an opportunity to ask any questions you may have and to find out what opportunity might be available to you.

  • Q - What is the time commitment involved with volunteering?

    A - You can opt to volunteer for a few hours on a taster day or one-off opportunity, or you could complete a regular placement every week. Browse our volunteering opportunities to find something that interests you and fits in with your existing commitments.

  • Q - What is the length of commitment involved with volunteering?

    A - You can decide how much time you would like to commit to your volunteering when choosing a placement. If you are registering for an ILM award then you must complete a minimum of 30 hours of volunteering. If there are any additional commitments during your volunteering such as an elective, your tutor will run through this with you when you enrol.

  • Q - Is it true that you interview people? Does that mean that only people with experience will get places?

    A - We have an informal chat with anyone looking to volunteer so that we can make sure we provide you with the right support and training opportunities, as well as place you in a volunteering opportunity that suits your needs. It isn’t necessary to have experience, just an interest and a commitment to volunteering.

  • Q - Will I receive training while I volunteer?

    A - Yes. There are lots of training opportunities for students who volunteer, these range from first aid training to ILM accreditation to sports coaching and mentoring. When you first meet your volunteering coordinator, they will be able to run through training opportunities with you and answer any questions you might have.

  • Q - Do I need to be DBS checked and will it take ages?

    A - All of our volunteers are DBS checked when they are matched with their placement. The process normally takes less than 6 weeks to complete and for a fee, students can now make their DBS forms portable and use them for more than one placement. Ask your volunteer co-ordinator for more details.

  • Q - Can I volunteer for more than one project?

    A - Yes. We’ve designed our volunteering opportunities so that you can get the most out of your placement. There is no limit on the amount of opportunities you sign up for. We just ask you to log your hours as you complete them so that we can keep track of how much your volunteering efforts are boosting the local economy and helping you to gain experience.

  • Q - Can I volunteer over the summer?

    A - We encourage our student volunteers to get involved and take advantage of opportunities throughout the summer. Whether you want to volunteer in Lancashire or where you live out of term time we can still accredit your volunteering hours.

  • Q - Do I need to arrange my own transport to get to my volunteering placement?

    A - You are responsible for making your own transport arrangements, although we do try our best to place students in opportunities that are convenient to them. Transport is sometimes provided to get to organised events and taster days. Volunteers are entitled to claim some expenses. Please speak to your volunteer co-ordinator for more information.

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