On this page you will find answers to our most common Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) at Warwick Volunteers. If you don't find what you're looking for, or you've got any remaining queries, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or pop into the office in SUHQ.
Questions from Volunteers
Joining Warwick Volunteers
You can join Warwick Volunteers by signing up online, just click here. If you're not sure and would like to find out more before joining, you can e-mail your question(s) along with your name, university card number and details of the project(s) you're interested in to email@example.com. If you are joining at the beginning of the academic year, come along to the Volunteering Fair to sign up and find out more!
No! Warwick Volunteers is free to join, and we want to make sure that you are never out of pocket as a result of volunteering. All reasonable expenses will be reimbursed provided it is approved in advance by a member of staff. Full details of our expenses policy can be found here.
No, it's never too late to join Warwick Volunteers! We always welcome new members as there are volunteering opportunities on offer throughout the year. Take a look at our project pages or read our weekly newsletter to see the range of opportunities available.
Please note, that some projects only run during terms 1 and 2 and so places may only be available towards the beginning of the academic year. If you are unsure or need any help choosing a project, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our office to speak with a member of staff.
The Warwick Volunteers office is based in SUHQ, next to Xananas and is open during term time on Monday and Tuesday 1.00 - 4:30pm, Wednesday and Thursday 9:30am -4:30pm and Friday 9:30am-3.30pm. During vacations it is open 10am - 12pm Monday to Friday.
Details of the latest volunteering opportunities available can be found using the project search tool on our website or listed in our weekly newsletter which is sent to members every Thursday. A link to our latest newsletter can be found on the home page of our website. You can also follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. If you need any help choosing a project, e-mail email@example.com or visit our office to speak with a member of staff.
For a full list of your rights and responsibilities as a volunteer, have a look at our volunteer policy.
Warwick Volunteers offers an extensive selection of projects ranging from weekly activities to one-off events, which means the time commitment varies between projects. You can commit as much or as little time as you want. Even if you're short of time, there are plenty of opportunities for you to get involved! Have a look at our project pages to find out more about specific project requirements or visit the WV office to speak with a member of staff.
Of course you can, as long as you feel you have the time (and energy!) to commit to the projects. Have a look at our project pages to see the range of opportunities on offer.
If you've got an idea for a project, Warwick Volunteers can provide advice and guidance to help turn your idea into a reality. Each year, members of Warwick Volunteers develop new projects that will make a difference to the community and many of our opportunities are led by student volunteers. If you are interested in setting up a new project, please come along to the WV office to discuss your idea further, or email.
We do not have any international projects available as Warwick Volunteers primarily works with local community organisations. International volunteering at Warwick is available through the Warwick in Africa and Warwick in India (Laksh Foundation) projects.
Warwick Volunteers primarily offers volunteering during term time but we have volunteering opportunities available throughout the year! If you're staying in the area during the holidays and would like to know which projects are available, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or come into the WV office to chat with a member of staff.
Warwick Volunteers offers the opportunity for members of societies and sports clubs to volunteer together and share their skills and experiences through both regular and one-off volunteering events. If your society or sports club is interested in volunteering, or has an idea for a project, please e-mail email@example.com or come into the office for a chat.
I'm not a student or member of staff at Warwick University - can I still volunteer for your projects?
Unfortunately you won't be able to volunteer with Warwick Volunteers, but you can contact your local volunteer centre who will be able to provide you with lots of volunteering opportunities. If you live in Coventry, you need to contact Voluntary Action Coventry and for Warwickshire, Warwickshire Community And Voluntary Action.
The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) carry out police and identity checks for all volunteers working in any capacity with children or vulnerable adults. We have a full and comprehensive guide to DBS checks here.
There are many different types of identification that you can use to support your DBS application. View a full list of identification documents that are accepted. We have a full and comprehensive guide to DBS checks here.
No, DBS checks are not required for all of our projects. However, they are essential for projects working with children or vulnerable adults, including all schools projects. If you're unsure whether you need to complete a DBS check, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org stating your name, university number and the project(s) you are interested in. We have a full and comprehensive guide to DBS checks here.
A ‘Certificate of Good Conduct’ (CoGC) is a general term given to the check of police records in a volunteer’s home country, or the country in which they have resided. Each country has a different process for checking police records, and different countries will often refer to the checking process with a different name. For example, in some countries, this is referred to as a 'Certificate of No Criminal Conviction'.
Volunteers who have not been permanently resident in the UK for the last 5 years must supply a ‘Certificate of Good Conduct’ issued by the country or countries in which they have lived during that time. Although a Certificate of Good Conduct is compulsory for education projects, not all volunteering projects require you to have one. Visit the Certificate of Good Conduct page for more information.
The process varies depending on the country in question. If you are not sure about how to obtain a Certificate of Good Conduct from a specific country, the best place to start is to phone the appropriate embassy and they can advise you regarding the correct procedure. Sometimes a relative is able to request this for you and can then post this to your term-time address although where this is not possible, the easiest method may be to apply during the holiday periods in person.
This depends on the project you are wishing to volunteer for as not all projects require a Certificate of Good Conduct. However, where a Certificate of Good Conduct is required, a DBS check alone is insufficient. Whilst a DBS is a check of any criminal records within the UK, a Certificate of Good Conduct is a check of your criminal records within the country or countries you have previously resided in.
Warwick Volunteers is committed to providing training to all volunteers relevant to the project that you join. We hold many different training sessions throughout the year to ensure that you are fully prepared for your volunteering experience. Many projects, including Education opportunities, have specific workshops which are compulsory for all volunteers. For specific information on training sessions, talk to a Project Leader or member of staff.
The training sessions for education projects are compulsory, so if you've missed a session unfortunately you won't be able to join the project this academic year. Many training sessions are held more than once so check our training timetable for full details (available in Term 1). If you have missed the training, have a look at our project pages or come along to the WV office and we can help you choose another project!
If you would like formal accreditation for your volunteering, there are a number of options including the Warwick Volunteers hours log and certificates. Read more on our Accreditation page.
Lots of our projects are student-run and need Project Leaders to help manage them. If you'd like to play a bigger part in a particular project, why not run for the position in our annual Project Leader elections at the end of Term 2? Click here for more information on the responsibilities of Project Leaders.
The executive committee is central to the day-to-day running of Warwick Volunteers and is a great way of getting more involved in the society. Exec elections are held in term 2 every year at our Annual General Meeting (AGM). For more information on the roles and responsibilities of the Warwick Volunteers executive committee, click here.
We recommend that you contact the Student Careers and Skills who can provide you with a lot of information on working in the charity and voluntary sector and direct you to the appropriate resources.
We want to make sure you're never out of pocket as a result of your volunteering so all reasonable expenses will be reimbursed provided it is approved in advance by a member of staff. Full details of our expenses policy and details of how to claim back expenses can be found here.
For reference requests we must have your written authority to divulge personal information to third parties. First you need to give the third party your written consent and they will then need to forward this to us, with their specific request.