"The Hamlet is a highlight of my week" Read volunteer Carons story
We have a range of volunteering opportunities at our two centres, on trips out and about in the local area and at events across Norwich. Opportunities vary from partying with members of our Out of Hours Club at a very special night out, to being an elf supporting Father Christmas!
Important Information for Volunteers:
The Hamlet is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment
All volunteer positions working with children or our adults are subject to satisfactory references and a DBS check.
Note: There is a small admin fee payable to the company that processes our checks by the volunteer.
We are always looking for volunteers to help us across the centres in different areas. Opportunities range from helping with office work and on reception to working directly with the children and adults or at fundraising events and manning stalls to raise awareness of the charity.
We have put together a timetable of when we are open and what is going on so that you can see if you would be able to volunteer and in what area. There are also some FAQs to help with some of queries you may have.
Why should I volunteer at The Hamlet?
Volunteering with us is an experience that is rewarding in many ways. It is a fantastic opportunity to support, children and adults with disabilities and their families, making a difference to their lives. You will learn new skills, gain experience that maybe helpful to you in the future and make new friends.
You can have a look at what some of our volunteers have to say about their experience with us here.
Do I need specific skills to volunteer with The Hamlet?
Most of our volunteering opportunities do not require any specific skills. The main thing we look for in our volunteers is a positive attitude and a willingness to help people with disabilities to build confidence, explore opportunities and be a part of a community. You may be asked to support a child in play or accompany an adult to the cinema or bowling with the Out of Hours Club!
However, if you have any specific skills, from yoga or football to arts and crafts or baking, they’d be most welcome. Make sure you mention them when completing your application form.
How do I get involved with The Hamlet?
Check out our volunteering opportunities. We have a variety of activities to get involved with – if something appeals complete our expression of interest form and we’ll be in touch.
How old do I need to be to volunteer with The Hamlet?
We have volunteering opportunities for people age 16 or over – so anyone from sixth form college age upwards is welcome! We have volunteers from all walks of life who each bring something different to our activities. The amount of responsibility that you will have for the day will depend on how much experience you have.
How much time will I have to give?
We can be flexible. You will need to tell us what time you can give, and we will see if that fits with the need of the children / adults. It could be as little as two hours or as long as a day.
I am still at school can I volunteer at The Hamlet?
Yes! As long as you are 16 or over, we would be very happy for you to volunteer with us. If you feel like you are too busy to volunteer during term, you can always sign up to volunteer at our holiday playschemes!
I have a part-time or full-time job; do you have opportunities that I could get involved with?
Absolutely! If you are too busy during the day to volunteer but are free in the evenings, you would be most welcome to attend help at one of our weekend or weeknight activities such as youth club or Out of Hours Club. Have a look at our timetable to see what we do and if it fits with what you can give us!
If you happen to be free during the school holidays, we also run playschemes for children and need lots of help!
Do I need a DBS check?
You may need to complete a DBS check, but this will depend on what activities you get involved with and how often you volunteer. Anyone volunteering with us on a regular basis (once a week or more) will need a DBS check.
If you are part of the Update Service, please do let us know on your application form along with date it was issued. We will need to see your original paper copy.
Do I have to pay for the DBS check?
DBS checks are free to volunteers, but there is an admin fee (May 2019 £10.40) that you will be asked to pay as the company that does the check requires this. It is your check and you will be able to take it with you, so we do not pay for this.
Please let us know if this is going to prevent you being able to volunteer.