Frequently Asked Questions

We answer some of the common questions that you may have about volunteering for Blind Veterans UK.

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If you can't find a role you are interested in, please do get in touch with us to see if we can help. See contact details below.

  • How old do I need to be?

    It depends on the role you are applying for. Community based volunteers who enter veterans’ homes must be 18, but you can volunteer at one of our rehabilitation centres at 16 with parental permission. For driving roles you will need to be 21. Specific details are available on each role description page. There is no maximum age limit to volunteer with us as long as you are able to undertake the role.

  • How much time will I be required to volunteer for?

    We have opportunities available to suit all schedules. Many opportunities are for only a couple of hours a week or even one day a month. We also sometimes have project type roles that maybe a couple of days a week for a period of time. We will try and work with you to find a suitable match that will fit in with your other commitments. 

  • Will I receive training?

    We provide an induction for all volunteers which includes an introduction to the charity and training to upskill you for your particular volunteer role. We endeavour to be as flexible as possible when it comes to times for people to attend training and offer some inductions outside of normal office hours.

  • Do you pay expenses?

    We will reimburse all pre agreed out of pocket expenses incurred during the course of your volunteering duties.

  • Do I need a DBS check or references?

    Some of our roles require a DBS check which are stated when you apply for a role, having a criminal record does not exclude you from volunteering. References are generally required but it depends on the role. If you have concerns about references or the DBS checks please contact us on volunteer@blindveterans.org.uk

  • I have a disability, can I apply?

    Yes. We welcome applications from those with extra support needs and reasonable adjustments where possible will be made to support you in your volunteering duties.

  • I’m a refugee or asylum seeker, can I apply?

    We welcome refugees and asylum seekers to volunteer with us no matter what the status of your claim is. We will ensure that you feel valued, respected and treated as an equal.

  • Will volunteering affect my benefits?

    You are free to volunteer as much time as you wish while you are receiving benefits and you continue to meet the rules of your particular benefit. Always check with your personal adviser before you start volunteering.

  • I want to volunteer with family, friends or in a group, how can I get involved?

    We welcome groups of friends, families or groups from an organisation to volunteer with us. Please email us on volunteer@blindveterans.org.uk to see how we can get you involved.

     

  • I have a question that isn’t answered here, who can I ask?

    Please contact us on volunteer@blindveterans.org.uk

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