Volunteering is possibly one of the most rewarding activities you can undertake. When you give your time to support a local organisation this helps not only them and you, but the wider community that we live in.
When deciding to give some of our time it is important that you recognise the benefits that you gain from this experience. These can range from:
- Learning new skills
- Increased confidence
- Meeting new people
- Making a difference
However, possibly the most important factor is making sure that you have fun too.
How do I apply to become a volunteer?
If you are interested in volunteering at FACT you can do so by filling in the form online or download our online Volunteer Application Form to apply to join us. If you struggle to complete forms, just give us a call or come and talk to us as we are happy to help.
Once we have received your application form or we’ve met you and completed the form with you, we will invite you for an informal chat and introduction to the volunteering roles that we have within FACT before you commit further to volunteering with us. If you wish to continue with your volunteer application we will request two references. For some volunteer roles, where you may be working with children and young people or vulnerable adults, we will also require you to complete a PVG application. If the role you choose does not require a PVG, then we will ask you to complete a Self-Declaration form instead.
Depending on individual circumstances, a health issue or a criminal record does not necessarily exclude you from volunteering. Any disclosures will be treated as strictly confidential and kept securely in accordance with the Data Protection Legislation.
If you are offered a volunteering placement with us, you will be asked to sign up to our volunteering agreement which sets out what we can expect from you and you can expect from us. You will also receive induction and training before starting in your role.
Support for Volunteers
When you volunteer with FACT we want you to feel supported and part of the team so you can expect:
- A fair and transparent application and selection process.
- We will meet the costs of a PVG check where this is necessary for the volunteering role.
- Flexible opportunities which can fit in around your life and commitments.
- The chance to develop vocational experience which will enhance your employability.
- You can ask us to provide a reference for your time with us as a volunteer.
- Opportunity to develop your existing skills and use them to support FACT.
- Be included in the training offer for our workforce.
- A description of the role you will be doing to support us and a volunteering agreement between us that sets out what you will do for us and what we will do for you.
- An experienced line manager to oversee your training, support and development.
- All tools, materials and safety equipment to do the role will be provided.
- Proper insurance cover for whilst you carry out your role with us.
- Excellent safeguarding and health and safety support.
- A refund of all reasonable agreed out of pocket expenses.
Like our staff vacancies, our volunteering placements change over time.