Become a volunteer

Section 1

We need to know who you are, your contact details so we can contact you regarding your volunteering placement. This data also allows us to gather statistics which we use to find out which groups (college/course/demographic) need more targeted approach to raise SCA’s profile.

We are very unlikely to call you. Nonetheless we need your phone number if there\'s an emergency / there are last minute changes.
Knowing this helps us support you in your role and make the best volunteering match for you and our clients!

Section 2

It is helpful for us to know what sort of volunteering opportunities you are interested in. However, if you're not sure yet and would like to talk your options through, that is fine too. Please do specify this information in your initial email contact with SCA after filling in this form.

Section 3

We need this information to safeguard our clients.

This will not necessarily affect your ability to volunteer with us.
In the UK there is possibility of being forbidden from working with children / vulnerable adults. Being on the Barred List is one of the criteria. In 2009 a Disqualification by association was introduced. In simple terms: if the applicant lives with someone who is disqualified, they are automatically disqualified themselves. Before applying for a job, they need to apply for an Exemption. If you are unsure about how to answer this, please contact us on or 01223 350 365

Section 4

We need the names and contact details of your referees to obtain references. This is so that we safeguard our clients. Your references will be contacted immediately upon the submission of this form. We will not contact them again unless they don’t provide a reference, or some of their replies need clarifying.

In projects where volunteers work with people who are particularly vulnerable, we have a duty to make every effort to ensure the safety and well-being of our clients. Therefore, we need the names of TWO referees in positions of responsibility who have known you for at least one year that we can write to for a character reference. They will be sent a short character reference form to fill in.

Referees cannot be family members or members of your peer group. Suitable referees can include your tutor, former teachers, youth leaders, family friends and employers.

When you submit this form, the reference requests will be sent out automatically.


If you answer yes, your email address will also be stored in our newsletter database. You can unsubscribe at any point by clicking a link in the newsletter, or emailing The newsletter contains information about all our most up-to-date volunteering opportunities, one-off events and training sessions.

Data Protection Act note:

The data collected in this form will only be used by SCA.
It will allow us to improve our services and be in touch as and if necessary.
You can request a removal from the database anytime by emailing
By submitting the form, you agree to the terms and conditions outlined above.

How we store your data?

This data will be stored in encrypted spreadsheets. After you graduate or ask to be taken off our "active volunteers" spreadsheet, your information will be stored in a "past volunteers" encrypted spreadsheet. This is so that if you ask us for references we have record of you volunteering with us and we will be able to show that we followed safer recruitment procedures.