Become A Volunteer
There are many routes to finding the right volunteer role. Here are some of the ways we can help you get started.
Join Volunteer Connect
Our Volunteer Connect system enables prospective volunteers to:
- Sign up & create their profile – a quick & easy process
- Edit their profile and preferences
- Search for suitable volunteer roles
- Login and see invitations from you to apply for positions
- Get email updates on new roles
If you’re not sure what kind of role you’re interested in then pop along to our drop-in service at Bath Central Library for a face to face chat with a friendly advisor. No appointment needed. (See right for location and opening hours).
What happens at a drop-in session?
You’ll meet an advisor who will ask you key questions: what kinds of role are you interested in? What would you like to give or gain by volunteering? When are you available? Your answers will help the advisor find roles that are hopefully to your liking – so, please think about your answers before you see the advisor. We will also ask for details such as age range etc.
We can suggest a volunteering role to you once we know a little bit about you – only you can tell us what kind of activities you might enjoy. Once you’ve identified a role that you like the sound of, we can link you up with that organisation on your behalf – or, if you prefer, you can call the organisation in your own time.
How long will I have to wait to be seen by an Advisor?
There isn’t usually a queue at the drop-in. Occasionally you might find one or two people before you. We’re sorry if this happens to you, but we try to have two Advisors on busy days so you shouldn’t have to wait too long before you’re seen.
What kinds of roles are available?
Hundreds of roles: befriending & buddying, administration, marketing & media, fundraising, public speaking, sports coaching, gardening and environment, and more. Most roles involve 3 – 6 hours a week; whilst some might require two or more days a week
How soon will I be able to start volunteering?
This depends on the recruitment process (see next bullet). However, you can sometimes dip into one-off fundraising days & events, gardening days and some environmental roles.
What will happen when I start volunteering?
You will be welcomed by the organisations and will go through induction (learning all about the organisation, its people and day to day activities). You will be trained – this is one of the great benefits of volunteering.
Is there anything else important that I should know?
Most organisations are very good at letting us know when a role has been filled. There are occasions when they don’t – if this happens to you please come back and see us. Sometimes organisations can be slow to respond to your inquiry or application. In our experience this usually results from having few staff (or none) and a shortage of time and resources. If this happens to you, we suggest give them a week and contact them again. You can always come back and see us again too.
Which organisations do we advertise roles for?
Organisations that are looking to recruit volunteers – we only work with organisations that don’t purely operate for profit and whose work benefits the community. Such as community groups, charities, statutory bodies and social enterprises. We don’t work with commercial businesses.
How do I start volunteering?
The recruitment process depends on the role and the tasks it involves:
The organisation will ask you to attend an informal chat or an interview
They’ll send you a pack including an application form (usually a simple form)
You will usually have to provide two referees
If you’ll be working with young people or vulnerable adults – you’ll need to have a DBS check (formerly CRB). This can take about four weeks
What next once I’ve identified a volunteer role that I like?
The Advisor will print out up to three opportunities or give you the links.
He / she will offer to call the organisation or you can call the organisation/s yourself
You will receive more info about the role and details of the application process from the organisation.
How often do the roles change?
Roles are being filled all the time and new ones being registered, so there is some variation in the range of roles available. So if you don’t happen to find a role today it’s really worth keeping an eye out, as new roles are constantly being registered with us.