Application For General Volunteering


    Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us. A good number of our projects involve food and most of our volunteering opportunities are with our Food Team. In this form we will ask you to indicate which area(s) of volunteering particularly interest you. Over time, you may end up volunteering with us on a number of projects. However, you only need to complete this form again if any of your personal details or circumstances change. Please note, there is a separate on-line volunteering form which you should use if you are interested in volunteering for our emergency night shelter for rough sleepers. This can be accessed here.


    How would you like us to keep in touch with you? It’s your choice, but it would help us if you could tick all….

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    You can opt out of volunteering and further communication with us at any time through or by emailing Our Privacy Policy can be viewed at or otherwise upon request.

    Your next of kin, or who should we contact in an emergency?


    A limited number of our volunteering opportunities are open to under 16’s. If you are under 16, please complete this question for yourself. You will need your parent or guardian’s consent and a responsible adult will usually need to accompany you whilst volunteering.

    Please provide the name(s) of the adult(s) who will be accompanying you: Accompanying adult(s) will need to complete the ‘over 16’s only’ sections of this form and sign the declaration.


    Why do you feel you would make a good Urban Outreach volunteer? Please tell us about your relevant skills, qualifications and experiences and what motivates you to volunteer with us:


    Please click on the sort of volunteering opportunities that would be of interest to you:

    Food Sorting – this will involve sorting and bagging up food items for parcels ready for distribution to needy households.
    Food collections - this involves surplus food collections from supermarkets and other food outlets, and collections of food from grub tubs - either in our van or your own vehicle if suitable.
    Preparing meals and sandwich lunches - for our seasonal projects as the need arises.
    Food deliveries - to households receiving our weekly food parcels and Christmas hampers - either in our van or your own vehicle if suitable.
    Christmas Hamper Packing - over a five week period prior to Christmas.

    From time to time, there are other opportunities. Is there anything else you feel you could help us with?

    REFERENCE (over 16’s only)

    Please give details of someone who can tell us whether they think you would be a good volunteer with us. We may or may not contact them. Please choose someone who is not related to you. If you are a member of a church, please ask your church leader to be your referee.

    Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (over 16’s only)

    Under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 you are required to give details of convictions which are not legally spent. A conviction will not necessarily be a bar to volunteering with us, but failure to disclose any criminal conviction will disqualify you from continuing to volunteer with us, (please tick):

    a) Do you have a criminal conviction which is not legally spent? YesNo

    Many of our volunteering opportunities involve direct contact with children and/or vulnerable adults. Consequently you are required to advise us of all ‘unprotected’ cautions and convictions even if spent. In addition, some of our volunteering positions are subject to Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance. You may wish to seek appropriate advice before you answer the following questions.

    b) Have you ever been convicted, cautioned or bound over in connection with a criminal offence, other than for a motoring offence not resulting in disqualification? YesNo

    c) Has any action ever been taken against you by the police or a local authority in regard to a child under 18 years of age or a vulnerable adult? YesNo

    d) Have you ever been found guilty of violent, cruel, indecent or dishonest behaviour in any military service disciplinary proceedings? YesNo

    Equality Act 2010

    Do we need to make any special arrangements in order for you to volunteer with us? YesNo If YES, please give details:

    You may be asked to complete a Medical Questionnaire before commencing volunteering with us.

    Data Protection Act (1998)

    By completing this form and otherwise supplying information to Urban Outreach Bolton, you agree that we may obtain, retain and process personal data supplied by you or relating to your engagement as a volunteer including DBS vetting, training, attendance, and as required or permitted by statute or regulation and generally as necessary under the volunteering relationship and legitimate activities.

    Your availability

    Without commitment at this stage, it would be helpful if you could indicate when you might be available to volunteer for us. It would be helpful if you could check the boxes of as many time slots as you feel you might be available for. Don’t worry - we won’t expect you to do everything you may have checked! It just helps with our planning to know your general availability.
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    Declaration (over 16’s only)

    I declare that to the best of my knowledge and belief, all statements contained in this application are correct. I understand that all volunteers must conduct themselves in accordance with UOB’s Volunteer Handbook which I will read and familiarise myself with.
    Please type your name to sign. If you are under 16, your parent or guardian needs to sign.


    Once we have reviewed your application we will get back in touch with you. If there are suitable volunteering vacancies at the present time we will have a chat with you about it. If there are no suitable vacancies at present, we will keep your details on file (if you have given us your permission), and may get back to you at a later date.

    You may be asked to complete a Medical Questionnaire before commencing volunteering with us.

    We are also interested in talking to folk who may be interested in being a link person for us within a school, church, voluntary group or business. If this could be you, please contact us about it, and we will start a conversation!

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