Frequently Asked Questions
The minimum lower age limit for volunteering is 18 years. There is no upper age limit, providing the volunteer is in good health.
What skills do I need to be a volunteer?
What we require of volunteers is simply to have some spare time on their hands to help, a mature, compassionate attitude, and to have an ability to communicate with others well. Good communication skills is probably the most important skill we require and we assess this with you at interview.
How long will the process take?
Once we receive the application (Word, 182Kb), if it is successful we will offer an interview within a few weeks. Following interview, applicants will need to undertake a medical assessment, Right to Work check, and Disclosure and Barring Service check. This could take a few weeks for checks to come through. Volunteers are also required to attend a two day induction session before starting.
How long will I need to volunteer?
We request that the individual considers making a minimum commitment of a few hours per week, for a minimum of 6 months. This is to ensure that once all relevant registration and training is completed, there is sufficient time for both the volunteer and the organisations to benefit well from the volunteer relationship with us.
There is no maximum limit on length of placement, in fact we prefer the volunteer to stay with us for as long as possible.
What are the benefits of volunteering at RWT?
Our volunteers tell us that they find the experience very rewarding and feel that they can make a big difference in a patient’s experience of receiving services at RWT. In addition volunteering can reduce social isolation, help build confidence, and provide personal development and skills.