Volunteer FAQ

Will I need a Disclosure and Barring Service check (formerly called a CRB)?

If you will be volunteering directly with children and vulnerable adults then you will need a DBS check. Healthwatch East Sussex will pay for this and organise it.

How old do I need to be to volunteer?

There are no age limits but if you are under 18 Healthwatch East Sussex will need consent from your parent or guardian.

How much time do I have to have to volunteer for?

Healthwatch East Sussex has many volunteer opportunities, some are regular and ongoing, others short-term and some may be for one-off events. We will work with you to find the most suitable role for you.

Will I get paid?

No. Healthwatch East Sussex will however cover all reasonable out-of-pocket expenses, such as travel, carer costs, meals and drinks. When you volunteer you will receive guidance on Healthwatch Cornwall’s expenses policy and claim forms.

Will I get training in my volunteer role?

Yes. Healthwatch East Sussex will provide induction and ongoing training to all volunteers.

Do I need qualifications to volunteer?

No, although for some roles you may need relevant experience.

What support will I get as a volunteer?

As well as the induction, any relevant free training will be offered where possible. All the resources you need in your role will be provided.

I want to volunteer, what do I do now?

Please contact us and an information pack will be sent to you. The Healthwatch East Sussex team will then arrange a suitable time to meet with you or speak to you on the telephone.

Not found what you’re looking for?

Please contact us and we will try to help.