Volunteering at Locala is all about giving your time to do something useful, without getting paid (apart from travel expenses). In return, you get the satisfaction of knowing you're making a difference to someone's life. In addition, volunteering at Locala can be a great way to meet new people, learn new skills and gain useful experience. It should also be fun!
Volunteers have a variety of roles within Locala, ranging from befriending, supporting new breastfeeding mums, meeting and greeting to assisting therapy staff with rehabilitation.
No! Anyone can apply to volunteer for us as long as they are at least 16 years old. There is no upper age limit.
This varies, but there is an element of commitment which will be agreed between you and your allocated supervisor. As a volunteer you are free to leave whenever you wish, but if things don't work out, or your circumstances change, it's good to talk things through with your allocated supervisor or the Volunteer Services Manager, and give them as much notice as possible.
Locala will pay reasonable out-of-pocket expenses, as long as you hand in your receipts. These can include mileage, car parking, public transport fares or meals (if you are volunteering for 6 hours or longer).
Yes, all of our volunteer roles require a DBS check. Whether it’s a standard or enhanced DBS check is dependent on the role.
Before you start volunteering you can expect to have a clear idea of what your role will be. Once you start you will receive an induction and support, with appropriate training if necessary.
This will depend on your volunteer role. Everyone can volunteer, whatever their skills, experience or background, but some placements may require specific skills or experience.
We require two character references from current or previous employers, tutors or teachers. References can also be provided by a friend, neighbour, the Job Centre or your child’s teacher. Please be aware we can’t accept references from relatives.
Yes, either your allocated supervisor or the Volunteer Services Manager will be able to provide a reference as long as you have volunteered for a minimum of 3 months. Please be aware we can only provide references for a period of up to 12 months after your leaving date.
A Volunteer Services Manager will be in touch to acknowledge receipt of your application. They will check through your application to make sure you have completed it in full and meet the criteria of the role you’ve applied for. They will also check if there are any vacancies which match your availability.
They will then forward your application onto the relevant team for their consideration and will provide you with further details about your informal interview as soon as possible.