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Volunteering Frequently Asked Questions

Why volunteer with the North Smethwick Development Trust?

Volunteers are at the very heart of our organisation. With the invaluable help of volunteers we are able to deliver more projects and services for the community, and reach out to more people.

As a volunteer, you will be playing an important role in shaping our community to become a happier, healthier and safer place to live. At the same time you are able to build your confidence, develop your skills, gain experience to add into your CV, meet lots of new people and have fun!

We aim to make volunteering with us a great experience and do our best to ensure that everyone that volunteers for us feels valued, supported and understood, and proud to be part of our organisation.

Who can volunteer?

Anyone can volunteer! We have many different volunteering opportunities to suit people with diverse range of skills, interests, experience and abilities. Roles range from volunteers helping to run our current projects to gardening and  catering through to  volunteering in administration .

We also provide placement and internship opportunities for students. Whether you are a young person looking to develop your skills, a retired person who has a lot to offer, a student or a professional, we would like to hear from you! Most of our volunteering roles are for people aged 16+ and over but we may have opportunities for younger volunteers during the school holidays.

How much time would I need to give?

We have a number of different ways to volunteer to suit your availability. Whether you have lots of time in your hands or are able to volunteer just a few hours a week, we want to hear from you. Some of the roles we have may require you to commit to volunteer on a weekly basis, but we also have one-off opportunities to suit those who want to help but can only volunteer on a casual basis, or during the school holidays, or evenings.

What support and training will be provided?

By choosing to volunteer with us you will receive full induction and training into your role, a named mentor and regular one-to-one and/or group supervisions depending on your role. We will do our best to provide on-going training related to your role and help you achieve your personal development goals. You will also be invited to our events and meetings.

How do I apply for a role?

See our current volunteering opportunities and register your interest by filling out a NSDT volunteer registration form. Please return your form by email to info@nsdt.org.uk. If you need help with filling out the form, please let us know.

Do I need to have a DBS check (Disclosure and Barring Service – criminal records check)?

Some roles will require this check which we will pay for, as we have a duty to protect the vulnerable people including children that we work with. If the role you wish to apply for requires a DBS check we will guide you through this process.

I am disabled. Can I volunteer?

Yes. If you have any concerns and would like to talk to us about your specific needs, you can give us a call on 0121 555 5672, or drop us an email to volunteering@nsdt.org.uk, and we can give you more information about the roles that are accessible.

Will volunteering affect my benefits?

Volunteering will not affect your benefits and you can volunteer as many hours as you like. However you must inform your job coach or benefits adviser if you intend to start volunteering.

I am an asylum seeker. Can I volunteer?

Yes. You can volunteer with us if you are an asylum seeker, or even a refused asylum seeker waiting to go home, as we are a registered charity.

Get in touch

If you can’t find an answer to your query and would prefer to chat to us about volunteering, or would like help with filling in the registration form, please don’t hesitate to get in touch by calling us on 0121 555 5672 or emailing us at info@nsdt.org.uk.