Volunteering FAQ’s

What is the difference between volunteering, work experience and unpaid work?


  • activities must be complementary, not directly replacing a paid person
  • mutually beneficial (to individual and organisation)
  • independently chosen and time is freely given
  • flexible wherever possible to suit the volunteer
  • has community or social benefit
  • is offered to not-for-profit organisations

Work experience

  • with a wide range of organisations – business, statutory or voluntary/community
  • short periodspent in a workplace, to gain experience of a work environment – usually every day for a week or two
  • fixed days and times
  • benefits an individual rather than the organisation

Unpaid Work

  • with a business
  • often a paid person’s role
  • fixed days and times
  • may not be optional, an individual may be obliged to undertake it
  • benefits the organisation rather than the individual
  • no guarantee of employment

Do I get paid for volunteering?

No you won’t receive payment for volunteering, although you should receive out-of-pocket expenses such as travel if the organisation can afford to reimburse them.

Will volunteering get me a job?

Undertaking volunteering will not guarantee you a job, HOWEVER, you will gain lots of transferable skills which will make you more employable and you will also get a reference when you’ve been there for a certain period, so it’s a brilliant CV booster!

Can I choose where I volunteer?

Definitely. Volunteering is all about choice and deciding what you want to do and where you want to do it. It may be that there are no roles in the area you wish to volunteer, but hopefully there will be other options you would like to try.

How many hours do I need to volunteer for? I want to go every day

Many potential volunteers think they will be volunteering every day, but this is usually not the case. Not-for-profit groups often have several volunteers, so you may end up only volunteering for half a day or even a day week in most cases.

Is there an age limit for volunteering?

There are no restrictions to children and young people volunteering, however it is sensible to comply with the local authority restrictions on paid employment for children and young people under the age of 13. Upper age limits for volunteering are normally set by insurance policies eg minibus drivers may not be covered after 70.

How do I get started?

Get in touch:

01384 573381