How Can I Volunteer?
If you wish to become a volunteer, simply fill out the online registration form.
If you have already completed the registration form but need to update your details, please click here to sign in.
Once we receive your registration form, we will email you with an invite to one of our regular Welcome and Information Sessions for new volunteers - to bring you up to date with current volunteering issues and modern workplace practices. These are run in our offices at Cleveland and Ipswich and usually take less than 30 mins.
If you find a volunteer position of interest on our website, click the link to express interest. We will then forward your contact information and resume (if we have it) to the relevant organisation.
Volunteering has a meaningful, positive impact on your community. But did you know that it can have many benefits for you too? Here are some reasons to volunteer:
- Meet new People
- Keep your skills active
- Give back to the community
- Improve interpersonal communications
- Build professional and social contacts
- Develop and learn new skills
- Join a fun and flexible work environment
- Send a signal to your employer, teachers, friends and family…
Definition of Formal Volunteering
Formal volunteering is an activity which takes place in not-for-profit organisations or projects and is undertaken:
- to be of benefit to the community and the volunteer;
- of the volunteer's own free will and without coercion;
- for no financial payment; and
- in designated volunteer positions only.
Principles of Volunteering
- Volunteering benefits the community and the volunteer.
- Volunteer work is unpaid.
- Volunteering is always a matter of choice.
- Volunteering is not compulsorily undertaken to receive pensions or government allowances.
- Volunteering is a legitimate way in which citizens can participate in the activities of their community.
- Volunteering is a vehicle for individuals or groups to address human, environmental and social needs.
- Volunteering is an activity performed in the not for profit sector only.
- Volunteering is not a substitute for paid work.
- Volunteers do not replace paid workers nor constitute a threat to the job security of paid workers.
- Volunteering respects the rights, dignity and culture of others.
- Volunteering promotes human rights and equality.