FitzRoy volunteers make an enormous difference to the lives of people with learning disabilities. Their time, skills and enthusiasm bring so much to the people we support and really do change lives for the better. Becoming a volunteer brings huge personal rewards!
Frequently asked questions
What sort of volunteering opportunities are there at FitzRoy?
There are lots of voluntary roles that you can do at FitzRoy, from directly supporting someone to meet up with friends and family, to helping at one of our fundraising events. The possibilities are endless, whether you want to provide hands-on support or are happier working behind the scenes. What is most important is that you will support our values. You will be able to have a taster session to find out if the role is right for you.
How old do I need to be to volunteer?
There are no age limits for volunteers. However, if you are under 18, we will need the written consent of your parent or guardian.
How much time can I volunteer for?
It will depend on how much time you have to give and on the type of volunteering that you want to do. Some people volunteer three days a week, while others may volunteer twice a year. We have many volunteering opportunities, and we will match you to an opportunity that is right for you. This will depend on your skills, interests and how much time you can give. Some of our roles require specific times and/or dates, whilst others are more flexible. We can chat about this when you come along for a visit and find out a bit more about what we do.
Do I need previous experience working with adults with learning disabilities?
Absolutely not! Many of our volunteers start their journey with us with no previous experience. You will be supported closely by our staff until you are confident and happy in your volunteering role.
Will I need a CRB check or references?
It is our policy to apply for a CRB disclosure check for all posts where volunteers will be working directly with adults with learning disabilities. We will support you to fill in the relevant paperwork once it is clear this is the right volunteering role for you.
We will also need to take up two references for you. We understand that for some of our volunteers, these references might be from previous employers, schools/colleges or a character reference from someone who knows you well.
Will I get expenses?
Yes. We are able to reimburse our volunteers for reasonable expenses, for example travel to, from or during your volunteering. We can also arrange to reimburse you quickly after you have had to pay for your expenses.
Will I get training in my volunteer role?
We will give you a good induction and plenty of support to make sure that you are comfortable with your role. You will be given time to understand how our values – Supportive, Respectful, Professional, Responsive and Inclusive – shape the way we work. Any new training that is needed while you are with us will also be given so that you are comfortable, confident and happy in your role.
I would like to volunteer for FitzRoy, what should I do next?
Thank you for deciding to join our growing volunteer team. The next step is simple – find out more about our current opportunities and then register your interest from there.
Alternatively, if you have a more general query, please contact us. Please make sure you include details of your geographic location so that we can make sure we pass your details to the right team.
Please note, our Volunteering Team work part-time, so if you do not hear from us straightaway, please be patient and we will get back to you within a week.