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Volunteering FAQs

We accept volunteers who are 18 or older (there is no upper age limit to volunteering with us) and can commit to at least three hours a week, for a minimum of six months.

You don’t need any formal qualifications as we’ll provide an induction and any training that you might to carry out your role. You’ll also have a supervisor or mentor to help support and make sure you’re comfortable with your responsibilities.

Volunteering and your benefits

In most cases, volunteering will not affect your benefits but there are some exceptions. 

Find out more on the gov.uk website

Applying for a volunteering opportunity

If you apply for a role, we’ll invite you for an informal chat. You can ask any questions and find out more about the role and the team you’ll be volunteering with. For most roles, you don’t need any specific skills or experience. If you’re applying for a role that does, we’ll make sure we talk through any requirements with you at this point.

We’ll also ask for references from your past or current employers or people of good standing in your community, such as a community leader, GP, faith leader or teacher.

Finally we’ll ask you to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check before starting as a volunteer. 
Please read through the opportunities carefully before applying. If you have any questions, please contact us on honorary.contracts@berkshire.nhs.uk.