Our criteria

Our criteria supports our mission to promote trusteeship and skills-based volunteering. 

Reach Volunteering’s focus is on trusteeship and skills-based volunteering – that is, volunteering that requires specific professional skills in areas such as digital, marketing, management, finance, education, HR, mentoring, IT or fundraising, to name a few. 

Criteria for volunteers

We ask that our volunteers:

Criteria for organisations

Reach Volunteering is a charity supporting charities and other similar organisations. To join your organisation must be: 

  • Able to demonstrate public benefit
  • Based in the United Kingdom.

Criteria for opportunities

We screen all volunteer opportunities to make sure they are aimed at and require someone with at least three years of professional experience.

We only accept opportunities that:

  • require three or more years professional experience
  • are unpaid 
  • are based in the UK
  • are not overly burdensome on the volunteer, these would include roles that don't require the volunteer to undertake more than 15 hours a week (unless it is a short term role) or to line manage paid employees.

Our guide to recruiting a volunteer with skills has a specific section on designing your role for success that can help you define and write your opportunity. We also have a number of templates to help get you started.

How to recruit volunteers with skills

Whether you're new to recruiting volunteers with skills, or want to make sure you're making a good start with your latest role, here are some tips and steps to help.

Sample volunteer roles to help you get started quickly

Get started quickly on the Reach platform with our sample role templates.