Frequently asked questions
Frequently asked questions about volunteering for Weldmar Hospicecare
How often will I be expected to volunteer?
All our volunteers are asked for a regular commitment depending on role. Volunteers helping with fundraising activities are more likely to be called on as and when required.
I work full-time, what can you offer me?
Our in-patient unit offers out of hours volunteering during weekday evenings and weekends. Our shops and outlets include Saturday opening hours, and we have fundraising events at weekends.
How old do I have to be to volunteer?
The minimum age for patient care volunteers is 18 years, or 16 years in supervised areas such as the inpatient unit and our day services.
The minimum age for retail volunteers is 17 years, or 14 years in four nominated sites of Trinity Street Dorchester, St Thomas Street Weymouth, Lyme Regis and Sherborne.
How long will it take for me to start volunteering once I send in my application form?
On receipt of your application form, we will invite you in for an informal chat. If you wish to go ahead you will be asked to have a more formal interview with the lead of your preferred area. Once approval is given and you decide to proceed, we will send for references and you will need to attend an induction course. Patient care volunteers will have a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check done, which can take up to three weeks to be processed and you will not be able to volunteer until your DBS clearance has been received.
Why do I need a DBS check?
Our patients are termed as ‘vulnerable adults’ and as such are dependent on the services we offer. The DBS check enables us to make safer recruitment decisions to the benefit of our patients.
Can I claim expenses for my volunteering?
Out of pocket expenses are reimbursed for travel undertaken on Weldmar Hospicecare’s behalf at the sum agreed by Weldmar Hospicecare. This only applies to volunteer drivers and home workers.
Am I insured for my volunteering through Weldmar Hospicecare?
Volunteers are covered by the Employers’ Liability Insurance Policy in exactly the same way as members of paid staff provided that the tasks undertaken are under the supervision and control of Weldmar. Volunteer drivers need to specify to their own personal car insurance where ‘driving in a voluntary capacity, without payment, although out of pocket expenses are reimbursed’ to ensure cover.