Questions about volunteering

Read some of the frequently asked questions about volunteering with us.

Questions about volunteering

How do I become a volunteer?

Find out about our different opportunities. You’ll speak to a dedicated coordinator who will support you through the application process and training if required.

Will it cost me anything?

Volunteers should not be out of pocket because of volunteering for us. We reimburse reasonable travel costs and other expenses if required for the role if agreed in advance.

I am a disabled person. Can I volunteer?

We promote inclusive volunteering opportunities throughout Leonard Cheshire, and we welcome applications from disabled people. If you are a disabled person looking for a challenging role that has the potential to really change people’s lives for the better, come and join us! Find out about our different opportunities.

Can I volunteer with my company?

We support corporate volunteering in many locations across the UK for individuals and teams. Find out more about corporate fundraising.

What if I have a criminal record?

We are committed to equality and diversity, and we believe everyone has a positive contribution to make, so we welcome enquiries from all people.

However, some of our roles which involve volunteering with vulnerable children or adults, are dependent on a satisfactory DBS or PVG check.

I live outside the UK but in the EU. Can I volunteer?

We host EVS (European Voluntary Service) volunteers in services across the UK. We recruit volunteers in February and August to arrive in October and May.

Volunteers receive:

  • full insurance cover for the duration of the project
  • an online language assessment and course
  • board and lodging
  • pocket money for everyday needs
  • a mentor to support you to adjust to life in the UK
  • travel costs from their country of residence to the UK

To apply, send us:

  • your CV
  • a motivation letter explaining your interest and experience of working with disabled people
  • information about your sending organisation

If you have any specific questions, please contact Deborah Sciortino, our overseas volunteer coordinator.

Read more about our project.

Can I volunteer if I live outside the UK and the EU?

All volunteers who come from outside Europe need to go through one of the external agencies we work with.

Download a full list of our external agencies. (PDF)

I'm a youth leader. Can my group volunteer?

We have a range of resources for schools and groups covering inclusion, access, disability myth-busting, and respectful language.