Volunteer FAQs

What age do I have to be?

•    In general there is no minimum or maximum age provided you are making a useful contribution and that the activities you are undertaking are suitable for your age and there is no legal minimum age requirement for the task i.e. driving.
•    If you are under 18 your parent or legal guardian must give permission for you to volunteer and you must be supervised by an adult and not left alone.  As we cannot guarantee to always provide supervision this may mean that younger people are unable to volunteer without the company of their parent or guardian.

I am receiving benefits – am I allowed to volunteer?

•    Yes – but you should advise your Job Centre about the volunteering activities you undertake.
•    If you are on welfare benefits you can volunteer for as many hours as you like. However, there may be limitations if you are on incapacity benefit as some roles at the Fort will involve the use of steps, confined spaces and walking uphill over uneven surfaces.  Unfortunately due to the nature of the Fort it is not ideal for wheelchair users.

I am visiting from outside the UK – can I volunteer?

•    If you are from the EU/EEA there are currently no limits on volunteering although you must ensure you have the correct visa/entry clearance to volunteer, if a visa or entry clearance is needed. To check these details you can contact the UK Border Agency. This also applies if you are a student from outside the UK.
•    Currently all asylum seekers and refugees can volunteer.

How much time do I need to give/commit to?

•    Generally there is no minimum time although some roles do benefit from regular involvement/commitment i.e. if you are interested in an Events role you would be expected to stay on site for the duration of the event which may be a full day and/or night to ensure that the event runs smoothly. This will be discussed with you at the time of your initial interview.

Will I be paid?

•    No, as a volunteer you will not be paid.  However, we commit to ensuring you do not lose out financially by giving your time to us and will cover prior agreed out-of-pocket expenses such as either your mileage or public transport costs between your home and the place where you volunteer and, in some cases, provision of food, as per our Volunteer Expenses Policy.

Will I be trained?

•    Yes but this will vary from role to role depending on its complexity and whether you will be required to use any machinery/equipment that requires formal legal training i.e. tractor driving/weed spraying etc etc.
•    Most training will be on the job by other volunteers or members of staff depending on what roles/tasks you are undertaking.

Will I be insured?

•    Yes, Fort Amherst Heritage Trust has insurance cover for legal liability claims, either by or against volunteers working for the Trust, resulting from damage to property or personal injury.

What happens next? How do I volunteer?

•    Keep an eye on our website for volunteer roles which will be advertised as and when they become available.
•    Drop us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or give us a call on 01634 847747 to register your interest.  We will then send you a volunteer Application Form for completion and return after which you will be invited for an informal chat which allows both you and us to check that the role is right for you and you are right for the role.