Old name, new purpose: why we’ve gone back to RNID

Who can volunteer

Our opportunities are open to anyone who can volunteer in the UK. We welcome people from any background, with any level of experience.

We’re committed to equal opportunities and building diversity across RNID.

If you have a disability

We’ll try to accommodate any disability you have by making reasonable adjustments where we can. You can talk to your dedicated RNID contact for help with this during your application process.

If you’re receiving benefits

You can volunteer while you’re receiving benefits, but you will need to tell your benefits office.

The UK government has written a guide to volunteering and claiming benefits. The guide tells you what your benefits office needs to know about your volunteer role.

If you have a criminal record

Declaring a conviction won’t stop you being considered for a volunteering role, and criminal records will only be taken into account when the conviction is relevant.

We treat everyone on an individual basis, but we do have to follow safeguarding rules. This is to make sure the people we support get the right care.

If you’re not from the UK

You are currently allowed to volunteer in the UK if you’re from an EU member country or countries in the European Economic Area (EEA).

People from outside the EEA must have a visa to work or study in the UK and may volunteer as long as they’re still doing the activity stated on their visa. Their visa must also allow ‘unpaid work’ or volunteering.

It is possible to get a visa to come to the UK specifically to volunteer, but this must be arranged in advance and certain restrictions apply. You can check on the UK government website to see if you need a visa.

If you’re aged 16 to 17

We welcome volunteers aged 16 and upwards, but if you’re aged under 18 we will seek permission from your parent or guardian. We will also assess the role to make sure the placement of a young person won’t put the volunteer, or anyone working with them, at risk.

If you’re an asylum seeker

Asylum seekers in the UK are allowed to volunteer for charities. The UK home office has guidance on this.

Find a volunteering opportunity

Some of our usual volunteering roles aren’t available at the moment, but there are still lots of ways you can get involved and support our work, such as providing support by phone.

More about volunteering