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Age Connects Torfaen South Wales best old age charity

Broad Street, Abersychan
01495 774455
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Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions

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I want to volunteer but I’m not sure what I want to do?

There are many types of volunteering here at Age Connects Torfaen. Some require more commitment, responsibility and experience than others. Think about what interests you, your existing skills and skills that you would like to develop.

Alternatively, give us a call and we can help you decide.

Contact: 01495 769264 or email emma.wootten@ageconnectstorfaen.org for an informal chat.

How much time do I need to give as a volunteer?

All of our volunteering roles can be tailored to suit you. We encourage our volunteers’ to begin with small commitments. These can always be increased over time.

We usually require a minimum of 2 hours a week (including travel time) over a 6 month contract period. This ensures that both you and the client benefit from your volunteering experience.

I’m working full-time. Can I volunteer?

The majority of our roles are required during office hours. However, some of our roles may require evening or weekend hours. Keep an eye on the ‘Vacancies’ section for any individual opportunities.

I am under 18. Can I volunteer?

Yes. But there are a limited number of roles for under 18s within the organisation. This is due to a number of legal reasons which make -18s a ‘vulnerable group’. See ‘Vacancies’ section for opportunities.

I am a student in my final year. Can I volunteer?

We are able to offer student placements for people studying for their Health & Social Care qualification.

Is there an upper age limit on volunteering?

No, we have volunteers of all ages with many in their 80s and our insurance policy covers you.

I have a criminal record. Can I still volunteer?

Having a criminal record will not necessarily bar you from volunteering.

However, the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 requires you to inform us of any unspent convictions and some roles require declaring spent convictions.

As such, most of our roles require an enhanced Criminal Records Bureau check.

I am on benefits. Can I volunteer?

We advise all applicants to check with your benefits adviser before you start volunteering.

However, this should not affect your ability to become a volunteer- as long as the work you do meets the terms and conditions of your benefit agreement.

I have just moved to the UK from abroad can I volunteer?

If your volunteer role requires a Criminal Records Bureau check we require you to have been in the UK for a year before you can start volunteering with us.