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- Where do volunteering opportunities come from in aquatics?
These mainly come through local clubs needing additional help. However, sometimes competitions or organisations will advertise for event volunteers, or ASA county workforce co-ordinators will run a recruitment programme to find new volunteers for specific opportunities.
- How much time do I need to give?
This depends on the role and the time you can give. Some volunteering tasks require many hours a week; some only a few each month.
You should always check on how much time is required, and think carefully, and realistically, how much time you are able to give. However, even if you work full-time and have a busy lifestyle, you should be able to find something that suits you.
- How long will I have to commit for?
This all depends on you. As a volunteer you are free to leave whenever you like. It may be that things don't work out or your circumstances change. If this does happen try to talk it through with the person in charge and give some notice if possible.
- What skills will I need?
This depends on the opportunity. Many don't require any specific skills, while others might make use of specific training. A treasurer position, for example, will call for accountancy skills.
- Will I get my expenses paid?
This will be clarified by the club you are volunteering with.
- What can I expect as a volunteer?
There are a range of things prior to starting, and once you have started, that you should expect:
1. You may need to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check through the club. Please note this is a legal requirement and not a reflection of mistrust on behalf of the club.
2. You should be given a clear idea of what your role will be
3. You should have access to appropriate training and support
4. You may be asked to sign up as a member of the ASA – some clubs may offer funding support for this.
If you aren't clear about anything, or feel in any way uncomfortable about what you have been asked to do, don't be afraid to ask someone.
- Can I claim benefits while volunteering?
Yes. The benefits regulations are clear that you can volunteer. You can find all the latest information about volunteering and benefits, including Jobseekers Allowance and Incapacity Benefit from Volunteering England.
- I am not a British national. Can I volunteer in the UK?
There are no restrictions on volunteering by EU nationals, or nationals of Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein. People with refugee status - or who have exceptional leave to remain - and family members can do any type of work including volunteering.
Asylum seekers and family members may volunteer. Further information is available from Volunteering England.
- Can I volunteer if I have a disability?
Of course, there are disabled volunteers in all kinds of roles. If you have particular concerns, or are unable to find an opportunity, contact your ASA Regional office.
- Can I volunteer if I am under-16 or over 75 years?
Young volunteers under-16 will be insured to volunteer as long as they are a member of an ASA affiliated club. There are many opportunities for young people to train and gain experience of different volunteering roles.