Volunteering FAQs

When you're starting something new, there's always a few questions you need to ask. Here are some that we get asked all the time about volunteering with us.

Why do people volunteer?

People from all different backgrounds and with  a variety of reasons volunteer for us. Our volunteers range from heart patients looking to ease themselves back into a working environment to family members who have lost a loved one to heart disease. We have students who come and give their time to learn new skills and advance their employability. We have parents and caregivers who fit in some hours around the school runs and those that are retired but want to stay busy. The reasons are many and some volunteers just simply give their time because they want to help others. We’re just extremely grateful for their time as it helps us fund our vital and lifesaving work.

What will I get out of volunteering?

You can learn new and develop existing skills, while getting valuable work experience. Volunteering is also a fun way to make friends, meet people and can help to build your confidence. Our volunteers are the best ones to share with you what they get from volunteering.

What skills do I need to volunteer?

This will depend on what you do for us. Often, enthusiasm, the ability to smile and encourage others are the most important skills required. There are some specialist roles that require specific skills, and these are made clear before you apply.

Who can volunteer?

Depending on your circumstances anyone aged over 16 can volunteer with us.

How much time do I have to give as a volunteer?

What’s great about BHF volunteering is that there is lots of choice, including how much time you give. For some it’s helping regularly, whilst others help once in a while. Just sign up today and we’ll be in touch to get you started.

Do you offer training to volunteers?

Training needs depend on the volunteer role and their level of previous experience, We do offer an NVQ training course within our shops, speak to the shop manager for details.

Will it cost me anything to volunteer?

Volunteers should not be out of pocket when they work with us, and we will reimburse reasonable agreed expenses, such as bus fares.

Volunteer with us

To find out more about our range of volunteering opportunities please contact our Customer Service Centre on 0300 330 3322 or pop into your local BHF shop.