We value any time you can give. You might volunteer for just two hours a week or at one-off events, or you may give more of your time. It really depends on your circumstances and what role is right for you.
Yes, you can apply for any role. Or you can contact our Volunteering team and we’ll discuss with you your interests and all our roles, and explore what feels like a good match for you.
Generally, you can volunteer and receive out-of-pocket expenses and your benefits, as long as you comply with the relevant regulations.
But the best thing to do is speak to an adviser at your Jobcentre Plus and let them know that you’re looking to volunteer. You can also find guidance about volunteering and claiming benefits on gov.uk.
For insurance reasons, we only accept volunteers over the age of 16 in our shops and over 18 in our offices and hospice.
All our volunteers receive an induction about Tŷ Hafan and their specific volunteering role. What else you do on your first day will depend on your role. But it will typically involve you meeting your colleagues and being gently introduced to what you will be doing going forward.
Yes. All roles require an element of training. But the amount you do will depend on your role. For example, you’ll receive longer, more comprehensive training if you’re going to be directly supporting children and families at our hospice.
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our Volunteering team at firstname.lastname@example.org or 029 2053 2254. Sometimes emails go into junk inboxes and telephone numbers are recorded incorrectly.
It’s fine if you change your mind about being a volunteer while you’re volunteering with us. But please contact us at email@example.com about this, so we can update our records and inform your line manager or coordinator.
Also, it may be the case your current role is not quite right for you, but another volunteer role at Tŷ Hafan might be the perfect fit. We would be happy to discuss other suitable roles that may be available.
Once you’ve been volunteering with us for three months, we’re more than happy to provide you with a character reference.
Of course. We have a wide range of volunteering opportunities that don’t require a regular commitment from you. When you apply to volunteer, we’ll ask you about your availability and preferred hours, which can be changed at any time.
Yes, of course. Pop into or call your local shop and speak to the manager there. They will be more than happy to answer your questions and have an informal chat with you.
We consider all applications fairly and equally. However, it is important that you tell us immediately about any convictions you receive whilst volunteering for Tŷ Hafan.
Please let us know if you have any health conditions or additional needs we need to know about that could have an impact on your volunteering. We can then explore how we can best support you to help you carry out your role.
You can provide this information in the 'additional information' box on our application form, or you can discuss your needs with us, for example, when we contact you after you first apply.
If you’re visiting the UK on holiday and would like to volunteer during your stay, you can volunteer with us for a maximum of 30 days. When applying, please provide your UK address in the ‘Address’ field of our online application form.
If you’re an international student studying in the UK, you can volunteer throughout the time you’re enrolled at a UK university. Please provide your UK address in the ‘Address’ field of our online application form.
If you have restrictions on your visa that prevent you from volunteering in the UK, then unfortunately we cannot offer you a volunteering opportunity. We are also unable to sponsor visa applications.
Yes, you can apply for and carry out multiple roles, such as volunteering in a shop and volunteering at an event. This means you may be contacted by more than one person after you make your initial enquiry.
We know there are many reasons why a volunteer may decide to leave and later wish to return. If this is the case with you, please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 029 2053 2254. We can then discuss your personal circumstances and what role you’d like to be considered for.
Yes, we have opportunities in many communities and at a wide range of events. You can find out about where roles are available on our current vacancies page, or you can contact us at email@example.com or 029 2053 2254 to discuss your specific needs.
Of course. If you want to try something different, let us know and we can discuss other suitable roles that may be available.
Yes, as long as your applications are successful and suitable roles are available at the same times you both want to volunteer.
Work experience at Tŷ Hafan is only available in our shops and in our offices. It’s typically for people starting on a career path or who want to do something to enhance their current career. Work experience is usually unpaid and for a fixed length of time.
Volunteering for Tŷ Hafan is typically more flexible than work experience because it’s about giving your time whenever you can. You can also take on a wider range of roles as a volunteer. As with work experience, you won't be paid, but you may receive out-of-pocket expenses, depending on your role.
Don’t worry. We’re positive we have a role for you that will suit your interests and skills set. Also, please remember that you will not be expected to do any task without full training and support.
If you want to regularly volunteer for Tŷ Hafan, we’ll ask you to provide details of two referees. But we don't need to obtain references if you decide to volunteer at one-off events or you’re a volunteer from a corporate partner.
We’re committed to taking care of all the people we support and our employees and volunteers, as well as Tŷ Hafan as a whole. This is why we sometimes need to carry out DBS checks for some of our roles, for example, the ones based at our hospice.
Please check the description of a volunteer role you’re interested in to see if a DBS check is required.
Yes. If you’re applying for asylum in the UK, you can still volunteer at Tŷ Hafan.
Yes. Everyone who has refugee status in the UK can volunteer at Tŷ Hafan and support our work.
Yes. We’re positive we’ll have a role for you. Just let us know about your disability and needs when you apply online, or chat to us and we’ll start to explore how we can best support you as a volunteer.