volunteering – faq’s

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 mental illnesses find it helps on their journey of recovery. Inspire is committed to equality and diversity. It 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

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 three-month ‘settling-in’ period to give them the best opportunity to see that volunteering is right for them. 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 check? Some but not all roles require volunteers to undertake an Access NI check. Having a criminal record will not necessarily bar you from volunteering with Inspire. This will depend on the nature of the volunteering position, together with the circumstances and background of your offences, or other information contained on a Disclosure Certificate.

Will it cost me anything to volunteer? No. Expenses are offered to volunteers so that they are not out of pocket.

What skills do I need? We aim to match your skills and experience with a suitable role. However, the keys to volunteering with Inspire is enthusiasm, a sense of fun, the ability to listen and 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. They may wish to develop the skills necessary to pursue a career in health and social care. Others volunteer to gain confidence, meet new people, improve their CVs and have fun.  

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

If you still have a question about volunteering, please contact our volunteer coordinator using the form below.

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