Volunteering Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
You are bound to have questions about becoming a volunteer. Here we’ve prepared some answers to some of the more frequently asked ones.
WHERE DO VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES COME FROM IN AQUATICS?
Mainly from local clubs needing help. 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. Contact your regional ASA office to find out who your county co-ordinator is.
HOW MUCH TIME DO I NEED TO GIVE?
There is lots more information on becoming a volunteer in the Volunteers section of our ASA zone here.This depends on how much time you have to volunteer and what the role needs. Some volunteering tasks require many hours a week, some only a few each month.
You should always check how much time is required, and be realistic about how much time you can give. You should be able to find something that suits you even if you work full time and have a busy lifestyle.
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 you’re no longer able to volunteer then talk it through with the person in charge and try to 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.
However, there is training specifically for volunteers, such as Team Manager training. Go to the volunteer section in the ASA zone for more on training opportunities for volunteers.
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 is a range of things prior to starting, and once you have started, that you should expect:
- You will need to complete a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check (please note that this is a legal requirement).
- You should be given a clear idea of what your role will be.
- You should have access to appropriate training and support.
- 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 volunteers with disabilities 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.
Insurance will cover ASA members up to 75 years of age.
If you would like to volunteer after you turn 75 please speak to your club or email email@example.com.