All volunteer roles with us have a role description which provides full information about what volunteering will involve as well as the skills and attributes that will be required.
Once we receive a completed enquiry form, we will be in touch to arrange an informal interview with our Volunteer Co-ordinator that should last no more than 30 minutes. The interview can be face-to-face or on the phone, depending on location. It is an opportunity to match skills, attributes and aspirations with our needs. It is also an opportunity to answer any of your questions.
Once an appropriate role is identified and both parties wish to proceed, arrangements will be made for you to attend an induction session in Chelmsford, Essex (if you are not local to the area we ask that you find accommodation locally). Prior to commencing volunteering with us, attendance at induction is essential to ensure you are fully supported and equipped for their role. The induction will differ depending on the role and this will be discussed with the Volunteer Co-ordinator.
Once you have attended the induction session and satisfactory references and, if applicable, DBS check is in place the Volunteer Co-ordinator will be in touch to arrange a start date.
No, volunteering will not cost you any money. We are committed to offering you out-of-pocket expenses necessarily incurred in your role. You have volunteered your time unpaid to support our work and we do not want you to be out of pocket as a result of your volunteering. You are able to claim out of pockets expenses incurred whilst volunteering with us such as mileage. These should be agreed with the Volunteer Co-ordinator.
The time commitment we require depends on the volunteer role. This is outlined in the role description and will be discussed during your informal interview.
We are committed to Best Practice in volunteer management and has a Volunteer Policy in place. The Policy seeks to provide guidance and direction to you and paid staff, ensuring that there is a consistent approach when involving volunteers.
The minimum age for volunteering on a holiday is 18, however we have young people volunteering in other roles from 16.
You will be receive support from the Volunteer Co-ordinator and we encourage you to contact them in the first instance with any queries or concerns. You may also have another named member of staff as a point of contact for your specific volunteering role or activity. For example, on a holiday with us, further support is available through other volunteers as well the Adventure Leader/Operations Team.
With our support, you will need to organise your own transport to the holiday location for which you are able to claim the expense of. Accommodation on our holidays will offer you a comfy stay. Your accommodation is most likely to be shared with up to two volunteers of the same sex. All your meals, snacks and most drinks are provided when volunteering with us.
If you would like further information about volunteering please contact our Volunteer Co-ordinator, Carol Holdsworth on 01245 237548 or by using the enquiry form below:
If you would like to express an interest in or apply for any of our current volunteering opportunities please complete our Volunteering Enquiry Form
Carol will then contact you to arrange a time to chat about volunteering.