Volunteering at Henshaws

We wouldn’t be able to run our life-changing services without the fantastic work of our volunteers. Whether it's at an event or behind-the-scenes, find out how you could join our amazing volunteering team.

You can help us make a real difference.

We are looking for enthusiastic and reliable individuals to help us with our busy activities, services and events calendar. This can be as a regular commitment or as little as a couple of hours, or a full day actively helping us at an event.

Volunteer roles can include:

  • taking a leadership role as a Trustee and making sure the charity is running well and is doing what it was set up to do
  • online Knowledge Village researcher and contributor – to support finding and uploading relevant VI and disability literature to a new virtual Knowledge village zone
  • helping out at Fundraising events
      • pre-event promotion
      • acting as a route marshal
      • selling raffle tickets
      • helping at a water station
      • selling programmes
      • helping with car parking
      • assisting with pre-event set up and/or post-event clearance
      • collecting money
                                              Volunteers helping out at the hospital help desk

Volunteers are an integral part of the Henshaws team and receive appropriate training, support and development.

How to get involved

If you are interested in applying to be a volunteer, please complete the online registration form below and a member of our HR team will contact you.

Before you can start volunteering, Henshaws will want to:

• meet you to find out about your interests and skills
• match your skills and interests with suitable roles
• offer you an appropriate induction or training
• arrange a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check if your volunteer role will involve direct contact with students or service users.

Please note that due to the nature of our work we are not able to take volunteers under the age of 16.

What skills do you need?

• Great interpersonal skills
• Practical skills and initiative
• A willingness to work as part of a team
• Enthusiasm and a pro-active attitude
• A flexible approach

Volunteer Application Form

  • Section A

  • Your Availability * REQUIRED
    Please tell us when you are most likely to be available to volunteer:
  • Please tell us why you would like to volunteer at Henshaws

  • English Level 1 or above? * REQUIRED
  • Maths Level 1 or above? * REQUIRED
  • Are you able to commit to training? * REQUIRED
  • Referring to the volunteer specification for the role, please state how your skills, qualifications and experiences specifically match the criteria. Please give specific examples of any skills, abilities and achievements; these examples may be from employment, education or voluntary experience
  • Section B

    Information provided in this section will be removed prior to the short listing process for this vacancy to ensure an anonymous application.
  • About You

  • Do you have a Disability? * REQUIRED
  • (If through a Henshaws employee/volunteer please state their name)
  • Photo ID * REQUIRED
    You will be required to produce original documents to prove your identification at the interview/assessment stage.
  • Your Referees

    Offers of volunteering roles are subject to two satisfactory references. Please provide details below of your referees. Please note references will not be sought until an offer of A Volunteering role has been made.
  • If applicable
  • (i.e. manager, teacher,colleague,friend etc.)
  • If applicable
  • (i.e. manager, teacher,colleague,friend etc.)

    Due to the services offered by Henshaws, you may be required to complete an enhanced DBS check (formerly CRB). Please refer to the job description for details of how this applies to the role you are applying for. The amendments to the Exceptions Order 1975 (2013) provide that certain spent convictions and cautions are "protected" and are not subject to disclosure to employers and cannot be taken into account.
  • Do you have any convictions. cautions, reprimands or final warnings that are not "protected" as defined by the Rehabilitations of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended in 2013)? * REQUIRED

  • Have you ever been the subject of a safeguarding concern in either an employed or voluntary role? * REQUIRED
  • I declare that the information given in this form is, to the best of my knowledge complete and correct; I also understand that any wilful mis-statement renders me liable to dismissal if engaged. I understand that an appointment if offered will be subjects to satisfactory references, health declaration and, where appropriate, DBS checks.
  • Equal Opportunities Form

  • Gender / Gender reassignment * REQUIRED
    (please tick appropriate box)
  • (Please state)
  • (Please state)
  • Ethnic Origin * REQUIRED
    (please tick appropriate box
  • (Please state)
  • Sexual Orientation * REQUIRED
    (please tick appropriate box)
  • Disability * REQUIRED
    Do you consider yourself to be disabled as defined under the Disability Discrimination Act? Or do you have a long standing (at least 12 months) physical or mental health condition or disability? Does your condition or disability have a substantial negative effect on your ability to carry out normal day to day activities? E.g. Walking, communicating, reading and writing.
  • If yes please indicate what type of disability in the boxes below.
Hiking group shot

Volunteer in Manchester

From our community hub in Trafford to working behind-the-scenes, there’s a whole host of volunteering opportunities in Manchester to tickle your fancy.

A group of art makers enjoying a session with the boomwhackers in our music workshop. Please fill in our arts & crafts enquiry form to find out how we support people with disabilities to go beyond expectations

Volunteer in Yorkshire

Get stuck in at our Arts & Crafts Centre in Knaresborough, or find a volunteering opportunity at our Housing & Support or College in Harrogate.

Alice sat at her laptop.

Volunteer from home

You could even support our marketing and fundraising teams from the comfort of your own home!

Why not get your business involved with volunteering as well? It makes for a great team-building activity and is ideal for CSR, all whilst making a significant contribution to supporting those with disabilities to go beyond expectations.

Find out more about corporate support for Henshaws

Linda's story

“Having been such an outgoing person before I really wanted to do something with my newly returned confidence and so a member of Henshaws staff suggested I get involved with volunteering and run a social group for other people like me.

It was perfect really, I got to give back to Henshaws after they’d helped me so much and I could also do something that made me feel like me again!”

Read more about Linda's story

Explore our other fundraising pages

Fundraising | Ways to give | Events | Why choose Henshaws? | Corporate support