Volunteers are an essential and valued part of Gingerbread, and we hope that you will enjoy volunteering with us and feel a full part of our team. Volunteers not only assist in our offices, ensuring it all runs smoothly, but they also help boost our fundraising and policy campaigns, support Gingerbread at events and raise awareness of what we do as an organisation. A huge THANK YOU to the many Gingerbread volunteers who have contributed their time and effort towards us over the years.
Why volunteer with Gingerbread?
Volunteering at Gingerbread is a fantastic opportunity to:
- Learn more about what we do and how a national charity operates
- Support Gingerbread’s work
- Learn new skills
- Meet a range of people
- Improve your CV
- Boost confidence
- Gain valuable experience
During my time as a Gingerbread volunteer, I participated in many different roles throughout the charity including comms tasks which I found thoroughly helpful and insightful. Volunteering at Gingerbread was very rewarding because I was able to gain a further understanding of how a charity works behind the scenes, and how all of the different departments work together to reach the Gingerbread’s aspirations.Louisa, Communications Volunteer
Who can volunteer?
Gingerbread values the contribution of volunteers working with us towards our goal of a society in which single parents are treated equally and fairly. We welcome anyone who is motivated to support the charity and help single parents by sharing their experiences, skills and knowledge.
We particularly encourage individuals either who have grown up in a single parent family or who are single parents to apply.
- If you are under 16, provide a letter of consent from your parent or guardian.
- If you are claiming state benefits, advise your benefits advisor of your intention to start volunteering.
- If you have a disability, let us know about any additional support you require.
- Foreign nationals are welcome as long as there are no legal barriers to you volunteering in the UK.
What do I need as a volunteer?
For administrative roles within the office, you will need basic computer skills. You will be given training and support throughout your time at Gingerbread that is required to do your day-to-day tasks. These volunteers must be able to come into the Kentish Town office for a minimum of three hours per week, and you will be asked to attend an interview and references will be taken up. Travel and lunch expenses will be provided by Gingerbread.
For those who wish to volunteer at fundraising events, you need to have lots of enthusiasm and spirit! We are always looking for volunteers to offer a few hours of their time at our sporting, community or special events. It’s a great way to meet other wonderful Gingerbread supporters just like you while helping with our vital work. Contact the fundraising team at email@example.com if you’d like any further information.
If you are interested in campaigning, please make sure you are signed up to our campaign e-newsletters so you are kept up to date with our national campaigns and can find out ways to volunteer and get involved.
What can I do as a volunteer?
As a Gingerbread volunteer, there are a range of things you can do! These can range from data inputting, general office tasks, administrative tasks for team members, attending events, working on campaigns, moderating forums and much more. With a wide range of options, the role of a Gingerbread volunteer really is expansive and rewarding.
Does volunteering affect my benefits?
You are allowed to volunteer while claiming state benefits, including means-tested benefits such as jobseeker’s allowance (JSA), incapacity benefit, income support, and employment and support allowance (ESA). You can volunteers as many hours as you like while you’re getting benefits, and these won’t be affected, as long as you keep to the rules for getting them. These rules are:
- You should be choosing to give your time and energy to benefit other people without being paid for it
- You are volunteering with an organisation, such as a charity
- You notify your benefits advisor of your intention to start volunteering
- You do not receive any money from the organisation except for reimbursing you for out-of-pocket expenses, such as travel and lunch. You must keep your receipts to show that money received was a reimbursement and not a payment
- You must follow the rules for the specific benefit you are receiving and any plans or agreements you have in place
For more information regarding volunteering and benefits, click here.
How do I apply?
Please send your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org, stating that you would like to volunteer. If you have ideas on what areas you would like to work within, depending on your personal goals, please state this in your email.