Guidance for volunteers

If you are interested in applying for volunteering opportunities with Calderdale Council, you can Express your Interest  online.

Once your expression of interest has been received we will assess if there are any suitable opportunities for you. You will then be invited to a meeting with the Calderdale Council officer responsible for the volunteer role. This is an opportunity to determine if a particular volunteer role, or activity, is suitable. Once we have received any further information we require, your references and any DBS requirements have been fulfilled, you are ready to have your induction. For more information on volunteering with Calderdale, see: PDFCalderdale volunteering policy 2017 [PDF 610KB] and our PDFVolunteering Handbook [PDF 1085KB]

What training and support will be provided?

Volunteers add great value to the work of the Council and we believe that they should gain something from their volunteering experience. Therefore we are committed to managing volunteers in a way that ensures this happens.

As a volunteer you will have a nominated supervisor, someone you can have regular access to if problems arise or when help and support is needed. You will be given full training necessary to carry out your tasks and will be provided with any tools or equipment needed for your volunteering role.

Will I need a DBS check?

If you are applying for a role which will have substantial, unsupervised access to children and young people under the age of 16 and vulnerable adults on a regular basis you will require a DBS check. For further information, visit GOV.UK's: Disclosure and Barring Checks .

What expenses will be covered?

You will be advised of any expenses you can claim before you begin your voluntary duties with us.

Will volunteering affect my benefits?

If you are in receipt of state benefits, you should contact your Job Centre Plus advisor prior to starting your volunteer journey. This is to ensure that your payments will not be affected. In most cases there are no issues with volunteering, but we recommend you discuss it with them first. For more information, read the GOV.UK's: Volunteering while getting benefits leaflet.