About volunteering

 What is volunteering?

When individuals freely give their time without payment for the benefit of an organisation, the community, an individual or the environment outside of their family, this is considered volunteering. For example, if you have ever helped out at a sports event, or a school fair, or taken part in a sponsored walk, you've been a volunteer.

Volunteering should never be something you are made to do, and is not done for financial gain. The rewards are about the satisfaction of giving something back to the society, about gaining useful experience and skills, meeting new people and having fun!

“What, you mean I do it for free?”

Yes, you give your time and energies freely but you do get yours out of pocket expenses paid, things like bus fares, mileage or parking.

“And how much time would I have to give?”

As much as you want to and when you can, a few hours a week, a whole day, or just go on a list they can call you on when there is an event /project runnig. 

Who can do it?

Anyone, whatever your age, background or work experience, you will have a skill that someone needs. No matter how busy you are, there will be something that you can do. Everyone is welcome! 

                                      

What can I do?

There are hundreds of volunteering opportunities in Bradford. Whatever your interests or background UBU Volunteering can help you find something to suit you.  For example, you could:

  • Help out in an office doing admin
  • Coach children to learn sports
  • Visit an older person in their home
  • Administrate a website
  • Organise events
  • Do practical conservation work outdoors
  • Become a trustee and help run a charity
  • Raise funds for a good cause
  • And this is not all!

What should I expect as a volunteer?

  • A clear outline of what is expected of you.  This is usually in the form of a written ‘task profile’.
  • Training and guidance on your role. 
  • Sometimes you can get qualifications.
  • Support or supervision from a paid member of staff or in smaller organisations experienced volunteers. 
  • To be safe and covered by insurance to carry out the tasks you’ve been given. 
  • To be made aware of the organisation’s policies and procedures, including who you should talk to if you are unhappy.
  • To feel valued by the organisation and able to contribute to its development.