Volunteering FAQs

volunteering FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions about Volunteering for One25

How old do I have to be to volunteer at One25?

20 years old or over for van and drop-in volunteers. 18 years old or over for office, fundraising and other volunteers who do not work directly with service users.

I am a man. Can I volunteer on One25 Van or in the Drop-in?

Due to the nature of our services we do not employ men as staff or volunteers to work directly with service users; however we welcome male fundraising and office volunteers.

Can I volunteer just for the Summer/Christmas Holidays?

Volunteering to help with our events or fundraising challenges might be an option: see our website, Facebook and Twitter. For Outreach or Drop-in volunteers we ask for a minimum commitment of 1 year: DBS checking, references, induction and training make short-term volunteering ineffective.

I am a skilled artist and craftswoman; can I use my skills as a volunteer?

Yes, we often need volunteers specifically to lead creative activities in our drop-in.

I am a massage therapist and aromatherapist. Can I offer my skills when I volunteer?

I am afraid that we do not offer volunteer roles that require these skills at One25. We have therapists in place already, and due to the needs of our service users we do not offer placements to practitioners or students of massage or other physical therapies.

I am a student of counselling/psychotherapy, can I do a placement with you?

We are not able to provide counselling/psychotherapy student placements. We do not have a BACP registered supervisor here, and we do not have the staff capacity to provide appropriate placements / supervision for counselling students.

I am working with a woman and as part of her support I want her to get into volunteering. Can I refer her?

We do not take referrals of volunteers. Volunteers can apply independently, and should not themselves be dependent on support services.

I have had substance misuse problems myself in the past. Can I volunteer?

We really welcome volunteers who can positively use their past experiences to empathise with our service users. To protect our service users we ask that you are two years into your recovery from substance misuse and understand that any lapses or relapses will be treated as being too unwell to volunteer. You must also be abstinent from heroin substitute prescriptions such as methadone, subutex etc.

I am an atheist, can I volunteer for One25?

Yes we welcome volunteers of other faiths or no faith. All we ask is that you understand, respect and practice our values of unconditional love, justice, compassion, truthfulness and a willingness to see things through.

I am religious and I feel that it is my calling to volunteer at One25. I would like to volunteer in order to help people to be saved. Can I volunteer on your van?

We embrace volunteers with strong faiths as One25’s work is an active expression of the Christian Faith and values. Our whole work is surrounded by prayer and we would welcome your prayerful support too. In frontline volunteering situations such as the van we are careful to sensitively build up a trusting relationship based on their own identified needs. This means that direct prayer or conversations about faith must be initiated by the woman herself. Should a spiritual discussion arise then we ask volunteers to appropriately encourage her to talk about her beliefs. It may often be that we are so touched by the suffering of a particular woman, that we will be moved to pray. At these times, the desire to help is often most appropriately expressed by silent prayer.

I work for the police/an addiction agency/a women’s hostel. Can I volunteer on the van or in the drop-in?

Please speak to a member of One25 staff about this. Our policy is that we do not recruit volunteers who work in their professional capacity with the same women who come to One25’s services. This is because it may lead to a conflict of interests for the volunteers and be confusing for our service users.

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