Why WOI works with volunteers?
At WOI our view is that volunteering compliments the work of staff, our experience is that volunteers provide added value to our very essential services.
WOI recruits, trains and deploys volunteers to our various projects after matching the needs of the projects and the volunteers’ skills and availability. Since 2003, WOI has recruited over 80 volunteers.
It is important that the service provided by volunteers is structured, and of a high quality. Volunteers are therefore trained and supervised for their assigned roles and while they support these services volunteers have their travel cost reimbursed so that they are not out of pocket while they are volunteering.
The volunteering experience at WOI is an occasion to make new friends as well as an opportunity to strengthen CV’s and we will provide a reference when volunteers are ready to move on with their career.
The volunteers support in various programmes run by the organisation such as:
2. Young peoples programme
3. Health programme
These support services will be in the form of befriending, visiting – home and hospital, translating, health information delivery and welfare information support, shopping, cleaning, cooking, office admin, training, esol, job search, cv writing.
“ I am HIV positive and I have found that by volunteering at WOI I am part of a community. I have a sense of participating in something useful and beneficial to others. My self esteem has risen and I am much more confident than I used to be. I have also been trained and have more skills than I had before which means that when I’m ready I will be more employable.”
“ I have been volunteering in generally in the office in administration which was my main assignment. This was beneficial to me as I have gained experience working in a UK office environment. After 6 months I which has enabled me to get a job.”
Frequently asked questions
1. Is there a minimum amount of time I must give?
There's no obligation for volunteers to attend or to give a minimum amount of time.. You decide how much time you are prepared to give.
2.Will I be paid?
Only agreed out-of-pocket expenses*, such as travel between home and worksite and set lunch reimbursement amount. There is no payment for your time, the work you achieve, or any 'payment in kind'.
3.What age do I have to be?
In general (see exceptions below) there is no minimum or maximum age as long as:
If you are under 18, your parent or guardian must give permission for you to volunteer and you must be supervised by an adult and not left alone. We cannot always provide supervision so this may restrict younger people to volunteering with their parent or guardian.
There is no upper age limit. Older volunteers are welcome to stay for as long as they can carry out their work effectively and providing they are not putting their, or others', health and safety in jeopardy.
The exceptions are:
4.Will I be insured?
WOI has insurance cover for damage to property or personal injury.
5.I am receiving welfare benefits - am I allowed to volunteer?
Yes - but tell your Job Centre or Benefits Office before volunteering to get their confirmation.
There is no maximum limit to the number of hours that you may volunteer while claiming Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) or Incapacity Benefit (IB). However, if claiming JSA, you must continue to search for paid work and be willing and able to attend an interview on 48 hours notice or start a paid job within one week if offered.
If in receipt of IB, you may volunteer provided that the activity does not conflict with your stated incapacity.
It is possible to volunteer under the government's New Deal scheme.