our volunteer process

Find out more about your journey in becoming a volunteer with Inspire.

Application Process for Volunteers


The first stage is to complete an online expression-of-interest form available on the Inspire website. Alternatively, a paper copy can be posted out to you and returned to the volunteer coordinator.

What happens next?  

Upon receipt of the form, the volunteer coordinator will review it and seek out suitable opportunities in the local area. If you wish to proceed with your application, an informal interview will be set up with the volunteer coordinator and/or scheme manager. This is usually conducted face face but can be carried out over the telephone. 

If after this meeting you wish to proceed with your application, you will be asked to complete an Enhanced Access NI application (police check) and a request for two references will be made. Not all roles require volunteers to complete an Enhanced Access NI application.

Final stages  

Once a suitable role within your chosen scheme has been agreed, and all your checks are returned and satisfactory, the volunteer coordinator will contact you to arrange a suitable date and time for an introductory meeting with the scheme manager.

Starting as a volunteer with Inspire

Your supervisor will arrange an induction and you will have a three-month settling-in period, allowing you the opportunity to find out if volunteering with Inspire is for you.

Training is also provided. This is ongoing throughout your time as a volunteer with Inspire.

Further information is available in our FAQs section.

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