Volunteering with Framework

Volunteering at Framework is all about opportunities – for you and for your community.

It is both your chance to give something back, and to grow personally, professionally and emotionally.

It is not about giving something for nothing. It is about giving something and getting much more back in return.

Volunteer roles

We have a wide range of roles available, and we’re always on the lookout for enthusiastic, committed people who want to explore what volunteering has to offer.

No matter what your strengths, there’s something at Framework that will help you to thrive while supporting others.

Typical examples include:

Befriender/Mentor

Our befriending and mentoring programme helps people who experience isolation to access social activities within the community and help broaden their social network.

Office or reception worker

Behind the scenes, there are many talented people who help to keep Framework running through essential office-based or administrative roles.

Service user participation

We run various groups and activities that encourage service users to participate, and we’re always looking for enthusiastic volunteers to support these activities.

See our current vacancies

Volunteer benefits

We empower people from all walks of life to volunteer at Framework by providing a range of universal benefits.

These include:

  • Travel expenses
  • Lunch allowance
  • Support with childcare costs
  • Training and development opportunities
  • Work experience

Our volunteers really are part of the Framework Family. They benefit from a thorough induction process and are also entitled to ongoing managerial and emotional support.

Interested in volunteering with Framework?

Our values

We meet our objectives by adhering to a clear set of values, which extend to all areas of our work, our service users, our staff, and the communities that we serve.

Respond

We act when we see something wrong, and we react to opportunity and change.

Respect

We value individuals, resources, communities and each other.

Empower

We believe in the power of people and helping them to be all that they can be.

Frequently asked questions

If you are thinking seriously of volunteering with us it’s likely you’ll also have some questions.

  • How long would I need to volunteer for?

    That’s entirely up to you, but we want to build lasting and mutually beneficial relationships with our volunteers. To ensure consistency for our service users we normally look for a minimum six month commitment, and usually ask you to volunteer for four hours or more a week.

  • Will I be be given access to training

    Yes. We treat our volunteers in exactly the same way we treat our salaried staff. As a Framework volunteer you will have access to a two day tailored induction training programme and then, following completion of your probationary period and depending on your role, access to the wide range of training available to our paid staff.

  • Will volunteering help me find a job?

    It could do, if that’s what you want. Volunteering will certainly help you to gain a wide range of knowledge, skills and experiences that may be beneficial if you are looking for work. A large number of our volunteers are successful each year in gaining employment with Framework or other organisations.

  • Can I volunteer if I am receiving benefits?

    Yes. We advise that you discuss volunteering with your employment advisor but it can be of real benefit to people who are in receipt of benefits.

  • I’ve never volunteered before. Why should I start now?

    There are so many benefits of volunteering; from being part of a team and gaining new skills and experiences, to making new friends in your community and knowing you are doing something beneficial to others. It’s really up to you to decide what you want to get out of the experience. Once we know that we’ll support you to find a volunteering role that is right for you and right for us.

  • Will I get paid expenses?

    Yes. It’s only fair that we support you with the cost of volunteering. To this end we will help with most out-of-pocket expenses, including lunch, travel costs and childcare expenses.

  • Does volunteering really help people in need?

    Yes. As a volunteer you will be working directly with some of the most vulnerable people in our communities – helping them to achieve their goals and move forward with their lives.

  • I’d like to volunteer but I’m not sure what I could do…

    If you’re interested in volunteering then we’d love to hear from you. Some of our current vacancies are listed on this website, and we’re always open to establishing new positions for people with particular skills. If you want to learn more about volunteering then please contact us today.

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