Things you need to know

What is a volunteer role?

All volunteer roles with us have a role description which provides full information about what volunteering will involve as well as the skills and attributes that will be required. Our Volunteer Co-ordinator will be available to offer support and guidance.

Will I have to have an interview?

Once we receive a completed application form, we will be in touch to arrange an informal interview with our Volunteer Co-ordinator that should last no more than 30 minutes. The interview will be by the phone or video call. It is an opportunity to match skills, attributes and aspirations with our needs. It is also an opportunity for you to learn more about the roles available and to answer any of your questions.

What training will I receive?

Arrangements will be made for you to attend the Induction programme. The attendance at induction forms part of the Recruitment process and is essential to ensure Volunteers are fully supported and equipped for their role. Training takes place at our office in Essex and this can be discussed further with the volunteer team. Arrangements will be made for you to attend a first aid course if this is required for your role.

When will I start volunteering?

Once you have completed the induction programme and the decision is made to proceed with your application, satisfactory references and, if applicable, a DBS check is in place the Volunteer Co-ordinator will be in touch to arrange a start date. There will be a settling in period to ensure both the volunteer and Dementia Adventure are happy with each other.

Will volunteering cost me any money?

No, volunteering will not cost you any money. We are committed to offering you out of pocket expenses necessarily incurred in your role. You have volunteered your time unpaid to support our work and we do not want you to be out of pocket as a result of your volunteering. You are able to claim out of pocket expenses incurred whilst volunteering with us such as mileage. These should be agreed with the Volunteer Co-ordinator.

How much time will I have to give?

The time commitment we require depends on the volunteer role. This is outlined in the role description and will be discussed during your informal interview.

Does Dementia Adventure have a volunteering policy?

We are committed to Best Practice in volunteer management and have a Volunteer Policy in place. The Policy seeks to provide guidance and direction to you and paid staff, ensuring that there is a consistent approach when involving volunteers.

How old do I have to be to volunteer?

The minimum age for volunteering on a holiday is 18, however we have young people volunteering in other roles from the age of 16.

What support will I receive from Dementia Adventure?

You will receive support from the Volunteer Co-ordinator and we encourage you to contact them in the first instance with any queries or concerns. You may also have another named member of staff as a point of contact for your specific volunteering role or activity. For example, on a holiday or outing with us, further support is available through other volunteers, where involved, as well as the Adventure Leader. For other roles there will be a member of the team to support you.

When volunteering to support a holiday, how are transport, accommodation and food organised?

With our support, you will need to organise your own transport to the holiday location for which you are able to claim the expense of. Accommodation on our holidays will offer you a comfy stay. All your meals, snacks and most drinks are provided when volunteering with us. For shorter outings or events you will be able to claim the expense of travel and any meals will be discussed with you beforehand.

What do I do if I’m interested in volunteering?

If you are interested in volunteering, please complete our Volunteer Application Form:

If you have a more general enquiry about volunteering please contact us.

We would love to hear from you!