Volunteer role, skills and experience
Which local office(s) would you be able to volunteer at?
For example, talking to people face to face or on the phone, IT skills, helping people learn, speaking / writing in a language other than English, British Sign Language, good verbal / written communication skills etc.
For example, employment, work experience, volunteering, community activity
(involvement in tenants’ associations, school activities, support groups), caring for
children, other relatives or friends, classes, training courses etc.
Please give the details of two people, preferably who know you in a work related, academic or professional capacity. For example, an employer, teacher or tutor, colleagues or ex-colleagues, or someone who knows you well (other than your family).
Our policy on convictions
We typically only carry out Standard, Enhanced and Enhanced with child and or adult barred list, Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) checks for roles working directly with clients in services targeted at vulnerable adults or children.
North Yorkshire Citizens Advice and Law Centre will ask about unspent convictions after a conditional volunteer role or employment offer. Having a criminal record is not in itself a barrier, and we will only take relevant convictions or sexual offences into account.
Our policy is in place to make sure ex-offenders are treated fairly. We consider each offence individually, looking at issues including risk to the client, how long ago it took place, the circumstances and whether they are relevant to the volunteer role. Anyone with a caution or conviction for a sexual offence against a child or vulnerable adult is considered unsuitable to volunteer.
Entitlement to work or volunteer
If you are from outside the EU / EEA, it’s important you check you are permitted to volunteer or carry out ‘unpaid work’ in addition to your main reason for entering the country, to avoid jeopardising your visa status.
If you cannot find the answer clearly on your immigration documentation, contact the UK Border Agency www.gov.uk/contact-ukvi-inside-outside-uk
If you have given us any information about your health, disability or access requirements, under data protection law we need your explicit consent to hold or use that information. We will only use it in order to allow us to make reasonable adjustments and/or to keep you safe, and it will be held securely.