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How much time do I need to volunteer?

This is really up to you. You can find volunteering opportunities are for one-off events, some are short term and others might need a six month commitment.

Can I leave if I don't like it?

Yes, of course. You are under no obligation to keep volunteering for the SVA if you don’t like it. But it is always worth talking to somebody before stopping. That could be your volunteer manager, supervisor or someone in the organisation who is responsible for you. You can discuss with them why you feel unhappy and what you feel would improve your time as a volunteer.

Do I get my expenses paid?

Yes you can. This would be an agreed expenses claim with the Volunteer Manager

Can I claim benefits while volunteering?

Yes. Claimants of welfare benefits such as Jobseekers Allowance, Income Support, Employment and Support Allowance, Incapacity Benefit and Disability Living Allowance are allowed to volunteer without losing their benefits. However, you must make sure that you are available to meet the conditions of receiving those benefits. We recommend that you tell your volunteer coordinator that you are claiming benefits, especially if there is a chance your situation could change at short notice, for example if you are seeking paid work.

Do I need qualifications?

No.

The SVA is looking for personal skills, such as being able to get on with a wide variety of people, being reliable and being enthusiastic about a particular interest or cause - rather than academic qualifications.

Can I get a qualification or an award?

There are no direct qualifications which are linked to our Volunteer positions at this moment in time.

Will I get training?

This varies quite a bit depending what you are volunteering for and the type of role you have chosen. Some of this information will be available on the website of the organisation you are volunteering for, but you will receive full details on what you are signing up to.

What about online volunteering?

If you would like to give time but are unable to turn up in person or have little free time then online volunteering could be the answer. Giving time over the web is convenient and flexible and allows people to get involved who might otherwise be unable to.

Online volunteering allows you to complete tasks from home, at work or anywhere! 

The kinds of things you can do include:

  • helping with social media;
  • researching on the web;
  • tracking relevant legislation;
  • giving specialist advice;
  • creating databases;
  • designing a website or newsletter;
  • translating between different languages

Can I volunteer from home?

Yes. It's an increasingly popular way of volunteering

How old do I have to be to Volunteer?

Scottish Volleyball prides itself in providing equality for all.

None of these FAQs answers my question, what do I do now?

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