Got a question about volunteering?

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Have you ever wondered how, when or where you can volunteer? Well we can answer that for you.

Why should I volunteer?
Where can I volunteer?
Will I need transport?
Are there any age restrictions?
Do I need to be a member to volunteer?
Do you have weekend volunteering opportunities?
What skills or experience do I need?
Do you take on trainee placements?
How much time will I have to give?
Can I claim expenses?
Can I still volunteer if I'm receiving benefits?
 

Why should I volunteer?

Volunteering can be fun, good for your health and a great way of meeting new people.  You can share and learn new skills, gain work experience and training opportunities and of course the local environment and wildlife will benefit from your contribution.

Where can I volunteer?

We have many volunteer opportunities all over the county; you can volunteer on our reserves year round, during the summer we need help from events volunteers, and sometimes we have opportunities for volunteers to help with surveying or at our offices in St Albans.

Will I require transport?

You will need to be able to make your own way to meeting points which can be one of the reserves, at our office or tool store in St Albans, or at local community events.

Are there any age restrictions?

Our insurance dictates various restrictions for volunteers.  Children aged between 11 and 16 can volunteer but must be accompanied by an adult, and we will need parental consent from anyone aged 16 or 17. We do, however, have many events throughout the summer months which are open to participation from all age groups.

Do I need to be a member to volunteer?

No, we welcome non-members.  You can also support us by joining as a member though.

Do you have weekend volunteering opportunities?

Yes, we have weekend work parties at many of our reserves, particularly from September to March, and regular events in the community throughout the summer months.  Although most of our volunteering opportunities take place during the week.

What skills or experience do I need?

Many of our volunteer roles do not require any experience or specialist skills. We provide volunteer inductions & training for all our volunteer roles. Some roles require specialist knowledge or experience, this will be stated in the role profiles.

Do you take on trainee placements?

We have an annual training scheme, offering one or two placements each year. Vacancies for this will be displayed periodically; keep an eye on our website!

How much time will I have to give?

We have a range of volunteer roles that take up different amounts of time.  See the role profiles we have available to find out how much time each role normally involves and choose the one that suits you best.

Can I claim expenses?

HMWT volunteers do not receive any payment or payment in kind for their work, but we do, in many cases, reimburse reasonable, pre-agreed, out of pocket expenses.

Can I still volunteer if I'm receiving benefits?

Yes, you can volunteer and still receive benefits. Please refer to the DWP guide to volunteering on benefits for up to date information.

Get in touch!

Got a different question?  Email us at volunteering@hmwt.org