Published: 02 Jun 2013
On icawvolunteers.com you can use the advanced search on www.icaewvolunteers.com/searchjobs to narrow down the list of available roles. There are 8 search categories spanning from roles and sector to time commitment and frequency.
You can also upload your profile to the profile (this is required if you want to apply for a role via the website) on www.icaewvolunteers.com/profile. This will help you be found by organisations looking for your skills and experience.
Finally, you can also get the latest roles that you are interested in by signing up for Roles by Email alerts on www.icaewvolunteers.com/alerts. When signing up you can enter your criteria for roles that are of interest to you so that it is only these you get sent once a new one is uploaded on the website.
It is up to you how much time you are able to commit to a volunteering role but make sure you have thought about this before you start volunteering. Some roles are more time consuming than others. Some roles require you to be available during working hours other require attendance at meetings in the evening or weekend. Before applying for a role, check with the organisation posting the role if you are not clear on what time commitment is required.
Some volunteering roles are for a short period for other roles you are expected to stay for a couple of years. However, if your circumstances change you will be able to end your volunteering role. It is best to give the organisation as much notice as possible so they can start to look for a replacement. If you are keen to stay with the organisation, it may also be that you are able to change to a role within the organisation that suits your circumstances better.
Everybody can volunteer at any time in their career. However, some roles do require you to have a certain level of skills or experience. Before applying for a role, check with the organisation posting the role if you are not sure that your skills and experience meets the criteria of the role.
Volunteering can be a great way to develop your skills and gain new experience for the CV. Some roles require you to have a certain level of skills but a lot of organisations are happy to train and develop you in the role. If you are currently between jobs or are looking for advice on how to improve your career aspects by volunteering you might find the following links useful
If you are concerned about the level of expenses you might incur in the role, check with the organisation posting the role whether you can get these reimbursed before applying for the role.
As a volunteer you should expect to be provided with appropriate induction, support and training from the organisation. If you have any concerns in your role let the organisation know so that you can address them together.
Everybody can volunteer but some roles have specific requirements such as the role of trustee. Before applying for a role check with the organisation whether there are specific requirements for that role and whether you meet these.
If you are claiming benefits and want to volunteer, the Department for Work and Pension offers advice on the rules relating to benefits and volunteering. To find out what steps to take before volunteering, have a look at http://www.dwp.gov.uk/docs/dwp1023.pdf.