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Volunteering frequently asked questions

Are there any age restrictions for volunteering?

Yes, volunteers will need to be at least 14 years of age. 

Unfortunately, for insurance reasons, we are not able to have volunteers over the age of 85.

Do I need any experience to become a volunteer?

No, you don’t need any experience and we will provide full training to help ensure you are confident and comfortable in your role.

If you do have specific skills that you’d like to offer, please let us know and we’ll do our best to offer opportunities appropriate to your skills and interests.

What is the time commitment for volunteering?

There is no minimum commitment, so whether you can do a few hours a week or once a month, we’d love to hear from you. All we ask is that you give us reasonable notice if you are no longer able to volunteer as planned so we can make alternative arrangements.

Will I need references?

Yes, as part of our recruitment process, we ask each of our volunteers for the contact details of two referees. We know this can be difficult for some people, so if this will be a problem, please let us know.

I have a criminal record. Does this mean I can’t volunteer?

A criminal conviction doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t volunteer with us. As part of the recruitment process, we ask that you disclose any unspent convictions and we will take this into account when considering your suitability for the role. Under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 you do not need to disclose any spent convictions.

Will you do a criminal records check?

Some volunteer roles may require a criminal records check, also known as a DBS check. If this is required, we will let you know in advance.

I have a disability. Can I volunteer with Yorkshire Cancer Research?

We encourage anyone who is interested in volunteering for Yorkshire Cancer Research to apply, and we will get in touch to see if we can offer you a suitable volunteering opportunity.