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Volunteering

Image: A volunteer helping a residentVolunteering is a great way to give something back to your community, as well as gain new skills and meet new people.

We offer volunteer positions within Optivo. We also work with other organisations offering volunteering opportunities across London, Sussex, Kent and the Midlands.
 

Not sure where to start?

Whatever you’re interested in, we can work with you to secure a placement that’s best for you.

Our volunteers make a huge difference in the lives of others as well as their own. Many have even gone onto full-time employment as a result of their placement.
 

What kind of placements are available?

  • Optivo volunteers: Help to support us and our residents by working alongside staff across the business.

  • V50 mentoring: Help older residents with low-level mental health issues reconnect with their community.

  • Money mentors: work with us to give residents advice on budgeting and bills.

  • Safer heroes: Help our older residents to be safe in their home by identifying risks and hazards which may be a danger to them.  

  • Winter heroes: Ensure older people are secure and warm in their homes during the winter period.
You can find a list of our current opportunities on our vacancies page - just search for "Volunteer" opportunities.

View current opportunities

 

Want to find out more?

If you’d like to chat through your options with our team, please complete our online form to let us know you're inerested and we’ll be in touch with all the information you need.

Apply now
 

Frequently asked questions

Have a few questions about volunteering? Our FAQ section hopefully has the answers!

Do I need qualifications?


Usually you don’t need a qualification.

Some roles may require specific qualifications and experience, but there are many organisations that offer on-the-job training to enable you to perform effectively within the role.

How much time do I need to give?


It’s up to you! You can volunteer from a few hours per week to a full working week, depending on your circumstances.

Many people find they are able to fit volunteering around study and employment.

Some vacancies only require volunteers for one-off events, while others can ask for a commitment of at least six months.

I’m working full-time. Will I still be able to volunteer?


Yes, some opportunities are available at weekends, or during the evenings, such as befriending or joining committees.

Will I get paid expenses?


Most organisations will pay out-of-pocket expenses, such as transport and lunch.

However, there are some that do not have the funds to cover this. We will let you know this before you start.

Will volunteering affect my benefits?


You can volunteer as many hours as you like while you’re getting benefits as long as you keep to the rules for getting them (eg. it does not affect your ability to seek paid work).

In any case, do inform your benefits advisor before starting volunteering.

If you encounter any issues or would like further clarification, please contact us and we may be able to help.

I have a criminal record. Does this mean I cannot volunteer?


Having a criminal record should not be a barrier to volunteering. However, it may limit your options.

When you apply for a volunteer position, especially in roles involving children and vulnerable adults, you may be asked to disclose any criminal offence / convictions and decision will be made on an individual basis.

If you are concerned about this, please talk to us.


Why volunteer?

As well as giving something back to those that need assistance you can also learn new skills and boost your own chances of finding a new job.


Volunteer Nicolina shares her volunteering experienceNicholina says:
I’ve had some amazing support which has improved my writing skills and my confidence. I’m looking forward to applying for new jobs with the experience I have gained.”



Brian shares his volunteer journeyBrian says:
I wanted to give something back, gain new skills and update my CV. I have learnt a lot since volunteering which has helped me to communicate better with people, and improve my computer skills.”