Volunteer FAQ's | REMAP

Volunteer Faq’s

Why volunteer at REMAP?

We value every individual’s commitment and hard work. We simply could not operate without the dedication of our volunteers who do a tremendous job helping disabled people.

Volunteers tell us how much they enjoy being involved with the charity and the potential to make a real difference in people’s lives. Read about our volunteers – the people making things possible.

Who can volunteer at REMAP?

Anyone aged over 18 with the necessary skills can volunteer with REMAP. We are looking for people with a range of skills and experience, from technical skills like engineering, to management, administration, communications and finance skills. You can see the different roles and responsibilities we require.

What volunteering opportunities are there?

Our list of current volunteering opportunities is constantly being updated so please keep checking back. The majority of our branches will always require new volunteer engineer makers as these are crucial to the delivery of our service.

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

The amount of time needed is different for each opportunity and would be outlined in the role description. They all allow a degree of flexibility and this will vary depending on the role.

What skills do I need to volunteer?

The skills required depend on the volunteer role you are applying for. For engineer maker roles, some degree of technical knowledge is required, however this can vary. You may come from a professional design or engineering background, or you may have practical skills such as construction, carpentry or metal working.

We also offer non-technical roles which may require management, administration, IT, communications or finance skills. However, most important are enthusiasm, commitment and passion for our cause. The role requirements will clearly be stated in the role description.

Where will the volunteering be based?

The majority of your volunteer work will be home-based, with the addition of regular branch panel meetings to update and discuss the work. Depending on the panel, these may take place either at a local community venue or may be held online.

What will I get out of volunteering?

Volunteering is a great way to use your existing skills to give something back to your local community by helping others. It will also help you to develop your skills and knowledge, and will be a great addition to your CV. You will also have the chance to meet many new people and gain confidence.

Finally, many of our volunteers tell us how rewarding it is to make such a big difference to the lives of the disabled people we work with.

Will I be interviewed?

Most roles will involve an informal chat so you can find out more about what the opportunity involves rather than a formal interview.

Will I be paid to cover my expenses?

Yes. you will be reimbursed for reasonable expenses that arise from volunteering such as travel and the cost of materials. The types of expenses you can claim will be confirmed once you start a volunteering role.

What about disclosure and barring checks?

As part of our equal opportunities policy, we wish to ensure that we don’t discriminate against ex-offenders. However, some posts within REMAP are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 as they involve working with vulnerable adults and/or children and young people and will require a Disclosure check.

By using the Disclosure Services to assess the volunteers who work with REMAP, we fully comply with the Disclosure Service Codes of Practice relating to the different parts of the UK. We are committed to treating all applicants equally and undertake not to discriminate unfairly against the subject of a positive disclosure.

How do I apply and what happens once I’ve applied?

You can apply to become a volunteer online. Once you’ve applied, you will receive a confirmation email with details on how you can track your application. Your local REMAP branch will then be in touch to have a chat to discuss the next steps.

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