What’s the difference between volunteering and work experience?

Volunteering is giving your time freely to help and support us, during which you will gain many experiences, including in the workplace environment.

Can I volunteer during Covid-19?

Working directly with the Refugees- not just yet due to the social distancing measures in place, but please feel to contact me to discuss what options are available

Is volunteering safe? 

We’ve reviewed all of our practices through a risk assessment process, in line with Government Guidance ‘working safely during Covid-19’. This helps ensure we manage the risk of spread and protect everyone.

  • We have carried out a Covid-19 risk assessment and will share this with our volunteers
  • We have put cleaning, handwashing and hygiene procedures in place
  • We have taken all reasonable steps to maintain a 2-metre distance in the workplace
  • Where people cannot be 2 metres apart, we have done everything practical to manage transmission risk.

I’m not sure how much time I can spare each week

We know people have varying commitments which mean that they can give more or less time from week to week. You’ll be able to discuss this when we meet.

Do I need to have experience or qualifications to volunteer?

No, just a willingness to help but as part of your personal development you will have access and opportunities to gain new qualifications, if that is what you want.

Do you reimburse expenses?

We will pay for travel expenses if required.

Where are you based?

At our the Volunteers Centre Abingdon Street in Blackpool and Fleetwood Hospital at the Community Hub

What kind of things can I do?

There are lots of roles to be filled from conversation group workshops to Arts and Crafts projects -we can discuss during you visit

What are the hours?

These are flexible to suit your needs, again we can discuss this when we meet

Can I still claim my benefits?

Yes, your benefits won’t be affected, and you will still be able to attend any appointments you have with DWP. We can provide you with a reference if required for your job search.