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'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.

I live outside of the UK, can I still volunteer?

Thank your interest in volunteering with Leonard Cheshire. We are not currently not recruiting overseas volunteers at this time.

If you would like to express an interest when applications reopen, please email with your name and contact details.

Why do volunteers require references?

We ask you for references to make sure our volunteering program is safe for everyone involved. We usually need two references, this can be your current employer or a person you have known for at least a year, but they cannot be someone related to you. If providing references proves difficult we do not want this to stop you from getting involved, please talk to a member of the recruitment team who will be happy to discuss alternative solutions.