A lot of our volunteers have questions or concerns about volunteering, and we want you to be as informed and comfortable as possible with the idea of helping our organisation. That's why we put together a list of questions, but if you can't find answers here, please get in touch with us. 

Q: Do you have volunteering opportunities in my local area?

A: We mainly operate within the area of Greater Manchester, but there may be other ways you can help us, or arrangements can be made to ensure you an opportunity as a volunteer. Get in touch and we'll see what we can do for you.

Q: I'm not sure what I can do to help your cause, but I still want to volunteer?

A: We welcome all people with all skills and abilities. We take pride and appreciate the huge diversity of our volunteering group, and believe anyone who wants to improve the community has a place with us. 

Apart from befriending, there are opportunities in vital roles such as administration, fundraising events, building awareness in the community, marketing and administration. Check out our current opportunities here

Q: Do you offer work experience with counselling opportunities?

A: All our users approach us for different reasons, and they have different needs. As we are a charity that supports those who have lost a life partner, a lot of our users require emotional support, but also practical help, or a combination of the two. 

At the minute we do not offer counselling services to widows and widowers, but we may be considering this for the future. 

Q: What sort of training is available for volunteers and what does the training involve?

A: Volunteers who work in roles directly supporting widows in their homes will undergo complete training on befriending and how to support widows emotionally. 

This is currently carried out in our offices, and you would have to commit to attend, but we are in the process of setting up an eLearing website. 

Q: Do I need to be able to drive to volunteer at The Widows Empowerment Trust?

A: Not at all, and please don't let not having a car or a licence put you off applying! We only ask if you can drive when you apply, so if not, we can pair you with a widow or widower you can reach by foot or other transport of your choice.

However, if you can drive this could benefit us. Several clients have mobility issues and need help accessing our workshops and group sessions ever Tuesday and Thursday. If you can volunteer with transport, we can support.

Q: Do I have to be eligible to volunteer in the UK?

A: We welcome volunteers from all nations and backgrounds, however some visas may not permit volunteering in the UK. 

If your work or volunteering permits are unclear to you, please contact the relevant departments of the UK government for help. A good place to start is the governments Visa Guide.

Q: I've signed up! What happens next?

A: Great! Firstly, thank you so much for your interest in volunteering with us. Here is what will happen next: 

  • If your application is successful you will be invited to an interview in our offices. Some of these interviews are performed in groups or a 1:1 basis. 

  • Thereafter we will check the references you supply us with. Two references are normally requested, and as soon as these are returned you can start your volunteering journey. 

  • Some roles also need a DBS check. If you are applying for a role of this nature, we will also need your DBS check to clear before you start your role. 

Q: Do I have enough time to volunteer?

A: We normally request our volunteers to be committed to the role. However, we understand people have other commitments and may only be able to volunteer for shorter periods of time or as a one off. Any volunteer activity is appreciated and we can discuss your opportunities with us. This also completely depends on the role at hand, and we may offer shorter or longer programmes. 

Q: I don't have the time to dedicate to volunteering, but is there any other way I can help?

A: Not all support has to be volunteering. If you want to help out, spread awareness by liking and engaging with us on social media, but also by donating. 

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Q: Will I be able to get a reference?

A: Yes, you will. The extent of the reference will reflect your input and dedication to the organisation. No matter how much time and effort a volunteer gives, we are always grateful for your help. But when it comes to references, we can only give extensive references or letters of recommendation to the people who we get to know by volunteering over a longer period of time. 

Q: Will I be able to get a job through this role?

A: Volunteering with us is a great opportunity to network. It is also a fantastic way to meet other people with different levels of influence. People who are looking to work in the care sector will gain valuable experiences, and if you are pursuing a career in the non-profit sector, all volunteer work you do will benefit you. We don´t at the minute offer any paid roles in the organisation. 

Q: I have a disability, can I still volunteer?

A: Here at Widows Empowerment we pride ourselves in being inclusive and valuing diversity amongst our users and volunteers. We welcome anyone, no matter their age, gender, ability/disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity and religion. If you have a disability we will do our utmost to give you everything you need to volunteer for us. Please get in touch to tell us what you need, and we will do our best to accommodate you.  

Q: Any other questions?

A: If you have any other questions or concerns about signing up to volunteer, please get on touch as soon as possible. We respond to enquires as soon as possible.