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Frequently Asked Questions
What roles are available?
We have a really wide range of volunteer opportunities here at Whizz-Kidz, so we hope there’s something for everyone! If you want to work directly with the young people we have opportunities to join in at events and support young people, or to actually take on the challenge of leading these events.
Other opportunities include raising awareness of Whizz-Kidz in schools and at events with our Speaker role, or supporting us to keep changing young people’s lives with one of our fundraising roles.
If there’s something missing, and you think we should know about it, then tell us. We’re always up for hearing from people who want to use their skills to help us!
When can I apply?
We currently accept applications from volunteers on an ongoing basis, which means you can apply to volunteer at any time in the year. Some areas of the UK have more volunteers than others, and so this might affect how quickly we can respond to your application, and how many volunteering places are available.
What can a group of volunteers get involved in?
Our services focus on peer education, which means we have to make sure that the number of adults does not exceed the number of young people at our events. For this reason, we have to limit the number of adult volunteers at Clubs, Camps and Wheelchair Skills Training schemes.
Do you offer short-term volunteering?
Due to the nature of our work with young people, we ask that volunteers working directly with young people can commit to a minimum of 5 days per year as a minimum.
Other volunteering can be more flexible, and you can join in activities for just a few weeks if this is what you would like. Please see the Fundraising Volunteers pages, or our Volunteer Speaker role.
Who can apply?
Anyone over the age of 16 can apply to volunteer with Whizz-Kidz. There is more information provided in the role descriptions for each opportunity on the main Volunteering home page.
A criminal background check will be processed for all volunteers.
What are the benefits to volunteering?
Our volunteers tell us that the biggest benefit to volunteering with Whizz-Kidz is knowing the difference they have made for young wheelchair users in the UK. There is also the opportunity to learn new skills, make new friends, develop leadership skills and have a positive impact on the lives of young people.
We also provide training and support throughout your volunteer journey.
What does the application process involve?
To register as a volunteer, please complete the online application form. This has two stages, and you will be sent an email with a link to the second part of the form.
Following this, a member of the volunteering team will contact you to arrange an interview. If you are successful at the interview stage, the team will request references and also process a criminal record check for you. This process differs depending on whether you live in England, Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland.
What is the expenses policy?
As a volunteer, we believe that you should never be left out-of-pocket for the time that you spend volunteering. However, we do have a limited budget as a charity, and so we only reimburse up to £30 unless you have agreed in advance with staff.
I don’t want to claim back my volunteer expenses. Is that ok?Whilst we encourage everyone to claim their expenses back (you’re giving us your time, which we really value!) if you do not want to claim yours, then consider claiming them, and then making a donation to Whizz-Kidz with added gift aid – this means your generosity is increased by 20%!
Will any training be provided?
All Whizz-Kidz volunteers, regardless of your role, will have access to Whizz-Kidz online training, the Online Learning Centre. Online courses include safeguarding, a Whizz-Kidz induction and 180 personal development courses.
All Whizz-Kidz volunteers working directly with young people will also attend face to face training with Whizz-Kidz staff. It is expected that all new volunteers will attend face to face training within the first six months of them being a volunteer.
All Whizz-Kidz fundraising volunteers will meet with their Regional Fundraising Manager for relevant training.
What if someone asks me to do something that I don't feel comfortable about?
Nobody at Whizz-Kidz will ever ask you to do anything that you don't feel comfortable doing! If you are asked to do a task, or volunteer at a specific event, and you don't feel able to for whatever reason then that's absolutely fine. You can email the Volunteer team explain using email@example.com.
Will you provide me with a reference?
We are happy to provide references for volunteers once they have volunteered for three days or more.