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How we recruit volunteers

Learn about our recruitment journey

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Your first step in the volunteering journey with us is to find out about our current volunteer opportunities available and submit your expression of interest, to do this visit our Volunteer page.

We do not ask prospective volunteers to fill out an application form as a first step. Instead, once we have received your expression of interest, we offer optional group taster sessions at planned times throughout the year or one to one site visits to give you the opportunity to visit the location, meet the team, and learn more about the organisation and role’

If you have childcare or caring responsibilities, or would like someone to support you, you are welcome to bring them with you to the taster session. Alternatively, if you cannot make a session that is fine; you can drop into the location or chat to us on the phone/via video call.

At this time, volunteers must be 18 or over, eligible to volunteer in the UK, and meet Basic Disclosure Scotland requirements (we reimburse Disclosure costs). Not all disclosed information is prohibitive and can be discussed in confidence. We offer induction & training for all volunteers so that people feel confident with the following skills:

  1. To be approachable and enthusiastic.
  2. To be able to take and act on instructions, including health and safety procedures.
  3. For public facing roles, are comfortable communicating with our diverse audiences and are confident and happy to initiate conversations and provide directions and guidance as required.

If you enjoy the taster session or initial chat, we will then invite you to meet with us to get to know you better. This may be either on the taster session day or soon after via phone/video call. There will be no surprise questions and we are keen to hear from any aspect of your life experience. If you would be more comfortable providing a written or personal statement (from education or non-education) or pre-recording of yourself, then that is fine. If you cannot provide suitable examples of the following, we can suggest alterative roles or organisations to explore. To ensure that you will have a safe and enjoyable experience with us, we would like to learn:

  1. Why you are interested in volunteering with us.
  2. About a personal achievement or project that you are proud of.
  3. About a time that you have contributed as part of a team.
  4. About an example of how you communicate and engage with others.
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