Volunteer FAQs

  • I’m really interested in volunteering, what do I do next?

    Get in touch using the contact details below – we love to talk to all our prospective volunteers to chat through the time you have to give and the volunteer roles available.  

  • What skills and experience do I need to volunteer?

    Enthusiasm, time and energy are all you need to be a volunteer!  Some roles do also require other skills and experience and we can explain what is required for any given role, when we speak to you.  We’ll also give you this information in writing, so you can look through it in your own time.

  • When can I start?

    We aim to respond to all email or telephone enquiries within 3 days because we know once you have decided to volunteer, you won’t want to wait! We are also keen to welcome you to our team.

    However, we know that you will enjoy volunteering and be committed if you find the right role for you and that can take a little time.

    We also have a duty of care to all our patients, staff and volunteers and often need to complete references and other checks, so please bear with us. 

  • How much time will I have to give?

    Most of our volunteer roles are very flexible but often our volunteers help one morning or afternoon once a week.

  • How regular will my volunteering be?

    This is very dependent on the role that suits you best.

    If you would like to help in one of our shops for example the shop managers love to know that you will be helping on a particular day at a particular time to make sure we have enough volunteers to look after the shop and our loyal customers each day.  

  • I work full time but would love to volunteer – what can I do to help?

    Event volunteering is a great way to meet new friends, feel like you are making a difference and be a part of the Rennie Grove family.  We always need marshals and helpers at our weekend fundraising events – to find out more just give us a call.

  • I am recently bereaved and feel I want to give something back having seen first hand the wonderful care the Rennie Grove nurses give. What can I do to help?

    Many of our volunteers are the family and friends of our patients and we are always so grateful that they feel volunteering is something they can do so that we can help more patients and their carers in a similar situation.  

    Some of our volunteer roles do require a period of time before we recommend volunteering is for them but why not give us a call and we can talk through voluntary options open with you.
  • Is there an age limit?

    Anyone over the age of 14 is able to volunteer. Younger volunteers under the age of 18 may find that they do slightly different tasks to adults and with supervision, but we are keen to provide opportunities for all ages.

    There is no upper age limit.  
  • I am a young person (under 18) and want to gain valuable work experience - how can I help?

    Our young volunteers are a huge asset to the charity and many who have volunteered have grown in confidence and learnt new skills which support their learning and understanding of the work place.  Your local shop will always be keen to recruit young volunteers and we suggest calling in to meet the shop manager to find out more.  If you want to discuss other voluntary roles – we are just a telephone call away.  The minimum age for young volunteers is 14.
  • Can I claim expenses?

    We value our volunteers and want to ensure that there are no barriers to volunteer involvement.  Out of pocket expenses, such as travel, will be reimbursed in line with the Rennie Grove Expenses Policy.

  • I am a non UK resident - can I volunteer?

    Volunteers who do not have permanent residency in the UK will need to check the terms of their visa as volunteering is not always allowed.
  • My company supports the corporate responsibility programme and I would like to volunteer with Rennie Grove. How can I help?

    We always welcome volunteers from the corporate sector either as an individual or a team. To find out more email volunteer@renniegrove.org