Here is some additional information if you are thinking about volunteering with Inspire.

How old do I have to be? Due the nature of working with vulnerable adults, the minimum age is 18

Can I volunteer if I have a disability? Yes; whether you have a physical or mental disability, we can find a role for you. Many people with some form of disability already volunteer with us and many with a mental illness find it helps on their journey of recovery. Inspire is committed to equality and diversity and recognises that a diverse group of volunteers bring fresh ideas and experiences.

I am claiming benefits, can I volunteer? Yes you can volunteer and further information is available via the NI Direct website https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/volunteering-while-benefits

Will I be covered by insurance? Like staff, volunteers will be covered by our insurance policies for any activities you undertake on our behalf

How much time do I need to commit? In general, there is no minimum time you have to give and we can be flexible to suit your own needs. We give all volunteers a 3 month ‘settling-in’ period to give you the best opportunity to see that volunteering is for you. If you work or study full-time we have evening and weekend opportunities. Any amount of time you give will be hugely appreciated.

Will I need to have an Access NI police check? Some but not all roles require volunteers to undertake an Access NI check. Having a criminal record will not bar you from volunteering with us but it may limit the things you are able to do.

Will it cost me anything to volunteer? No; expenses are offered to volunteers so they are not ‘out-of-pocket’

What skills do I need? We aim to match your skills and experience with a suitable role but key to volunteering with Inspire is enthusiasm, a sense of fun, ability to listen and be of a non-judgemental nature. 

Why should I volunteer with Inspire? People volunteer with Inspire for many reasons. It might be they want to ‘give-back’ as they have been supported by Inspire in the past or they want the necessary skills to pursue a career in health & social care. Others volunteer to gain confidence, meet new people, learn new skills, improve their CV and have fun.  

What support will I receive? You will get a full induction, appropriate training so that you can carry out your role, opportunities to network with other volunteers and attend Inspire events throughout the year. You will have a dedicated supervisor who will carry out regular support & supervision with you.           

If you still have a question about volunteering; please contact our Volunteer Co-ordinator on 07921 697 135 or volunteering@inspirewellbeing.org                                                  

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