Support with volunteering
Events during the year
Come along to our events to find out more about volunteering.
- FST Volunteering and Work Experience Fair – taking place in 115 New Cavendish Street. Wednesday of the third week of teaching every year.
- Westminster Volunteering and Work Experience Fair – taking place on the Wednesday (12.30 – 1.30pm) of the last week of February of every year in Fyvie Hall. Email [email protected] to find out who is exhibiting this academic year.
One-to-one advice drop-ins
We offer one-to-ones on Tuesdays, 10am-3pm and Wednesdays, 2–3.30pm in 101 New Cavendish Street.
You can use these sessions to enhance your understanding of volunteering and its benefits, explore the various types of volunteering and/or get support in finding a specific opportunity that you are not able to find yourself.
Join our mailing list
Stay up to date with weekly email updates – request to join our mailing list by emailing [email protected].
If your host organisations (e.g. a school) is asking you to provide a DBS check prior to starting your volunteering and you need help with the process, email us at [email protected] to find out what support we maybe able to offer you.
How to apply for a DBS (formerly CRB) check
Information on the DBS check (a criminal record check) process is usually provided by your host organisation, so we recommend you contact them for details on application. Details of applying are also available on the official DBS webpage.
Generally, your host organisation will provide you with a form to complete along with proof of identity (name, address, date of birth). This information will then be securely passed to the DBS service who will reply in due course to confirm your status. The process can often take around 8 weeks, so please bear this in mind when arranging your role.
Volunteering while the DBS checks are being made
This is up to the organisation, but generally, once your CRB form has been submitted for process, you should be able to start volunteering. In exceptional circumstances (for example, if working with children), the organisation might want to wait for the results of your DBS check before you can volunteer with them, but they will advise you about this.