Volunteer opportunities, rights and expenses

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When you can volunteer

Age limits

There’s no upper age limit on volunteering.

Some organisations’ insurance policies do not cover you if you’re under 16 or over a certain age.

You cannot work for a profit-making organisation if you’re under 14, even if you’re not paid.

Your local council might have extra rules about the work you can do as a young person.

Volunteering and benefits

You can volunteer and claim benefits if:

  • the only money you get from volunteering is to cover expenses, like travel costs
  • you continue to meet the conditions of the benefit you get

Criminal records

If you have a criminal record you can still volunteer in most roles, depending on your offences. You might need a Disclosure and Barring Service check if you want to volunteer with children or vulnerable adults.