What counts as a volunteering activity?
Volunteering is simple. It’s about choosing to give time to help people, the community or society, the environment or animals. Your volunteering must not be done for a business but can be undertaken for a charity or not-for-profit organisation. Where your volunteering is in support of surplus generating work, for example a charity shop, then some Local Authorities may require a work permit. The charity you are volunteering with should be aware of this and support you as required. For your volunteering activity you need to choose to give time to do something useful without getting paid (apart from expenses). You can also volunteer in a team, which might be an easier way to find an activity if you can identify a local need you can help with.
How long should I volunteer for?
The table below shows volunteering time required for each level.
Remember, you must commit to regular activities averaging at least an hour a week during this time!
At least three quarters of the time you spend on the Volunteering section must be practical volunteering. So, you can learn first aid if it's a quarter of the time or less and providing you then go on to volunteer using your first aid skills, i.e. for St John Ambulance. If you just want to learn something like first aid or lifesaving, then this counts for your Skills section.