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Everyday people. Extraordinary impact

Make a world of difference. Volunteer with us

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Achieving the extraordinary together

In 1991, Human Appeal was founded by two volunteers inside a small flat in Manchester. Today, our work spans the globe, and we’d love you to be a part of our incredible legacy!

As a Human Appeal volunteer, you’ll have exciting opportunities to make a difference while building transferable skills. Whether you’d like to join our Schools Outreach Programme, collect coats for our award-winning Wrap Up campaign, rise to our Challenges, take part in our community events, or deliver aid in humanitarian hotspots, there are so many ways you can get involved.

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Volunteering opportunities

Volunteers are the heartbeat of Human Appeal.

Giving your time means helping to give those most vulnerable a chance at the future they deserve.

Whatever your level of experience, we have roles to suit everyone.

Why volunteer with us?

We value, respect, and appreciate our volunteers, and we want to support their growth and happiness. So, when you volunteer, you’ll receive:

Training - A comprehensive induction, volunteering handbook and code of conduct, and we’ll help you foster new, transferable skills, aswell as conduct personalised training relevant to your role.

References - Once you’ve got to know your skillset - after you’ve participated in five activities – we’ll happily provide you with a reference.

Travel reimbursement - We’ll cover reasonable travel costs to activities in your local area. Away days, seminars, meet ups and socials - Join our away days and get to know other volunteers and learn more about our charitable projects and the humanitarian sector in our educational seminars.

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Interview prep - We’ll provide you with a mock interview and give you feedback to help you prepare for your future.

CV feedback - When you apply for a job, send over your CV and we’ll provide you with feedback.

Leadership opportunities – With training and support from Human Appeal staff members you can progress to a leadership role and manage your own team of volunteers.

Flexibility - Depending on the role, you can volunteer as infrequently, or as often, as you like, so that you can fit us in around your other commitments.

What our volunteers say

Hear first-hand what this experience means to our volunteers.

“Being at Human Appeal has been such a blessing. I've met so many amazing people and made bonds that will last for many years to come. Being shy and introverted I thought it would take a long time to get used to being with loads of other people, but the environment was so comforting, I felt at home right away!

Raiyaan, London

“I’ve been volunteering with Human Appeal for about four years. Human Appeal are never short of volunteering opportunities, whether it be events, challenges, fundraising, collections, leafletting and even community service! We are kept well informed, mainly via WhatsApp group chats - which is always active!

MJ, London

“Working alongside Human Appeal has so far been an amazing experience. It’s always been a dream of mine to provide for those in need and what better way than through a faith based charity such as Human Appeal. Thanks to the team leaders, staff other volunteers who have taken me in with open arms. They never made me feel left out and treated me wonderfully throughout. Volunteering for this organisation has been greater than I could have imagined.

Mahfuz, Birmingham

“My experience at Human Appeal has been full of positivity and great energy. Throughout my journey, which only started a year ago, I have had the privilege to meet some wonderful people and had some memorable experiences. I’ve now become a team-leader. I have learned how much you can achieve when people work together and are driven to achieve something special.”

Mahid, Glasgow

“Volunteering with Human Appeal has been so much fun! The people are so friendly and welcoming. At first, I was scared and apprehensive as I know Human Appeal is a faith based charity and, being an English revert, I wasn’t sure how I would be welcomed, but the team are truly such kind people. I never felt out of place or like I wasn’t important. This is one of the reasons I enjoy it. You get to meet new people and the best part is that you’re volunteering!

Chelsea, Bradford

“Being a Human Appeal volunteer has given me countless memories and opportunities. The team is amazing - everyone is so kind and understanding. I can honestly that since becoming a volunteer I have become a new person. I have humbled myself and feel great satisfaction that every penny raised is raised to transform lives. Alone we can do so little, but together we can do so much!

Aisha, Birmingham

FAQs

  • Do I need any qualifications or experience to become a volunteer?

    No, we encourage people from all walks of life with a variety of skills and experience to join our volunteer family. You just need the enthusiasm, energy, and drive to get involved and help those who are suffering in the world.

  • What age restrictions are there for volunteering?

    The minimum age is 16 years old. We do not have an upper age limit for volunteers.

  • How much time do I need to give?

    Aside from our internships, which are usually a three to six-month arrangement, there is no minimum volunteering requirement unless otherwise stated. Our volunteering opportunities are very flexible, and it is up to you how much time you wish to give. However, if don’t volunteer within the first six months of registering, we will contact you to see if you have changed your mind about getting involved.

  • How do I get involved with a volunteering opportunity? 

    An email will be sent to you from the Volunteering Team, so please reply via whatsapp or email to tell us you would like to get involved. Make sure you add (volunteers@humanappeal.org.uk) to your email address book. If you are in your local whatsapp group, we will post opportunities here too.

  • What expenses can I claim back as volunteer?

    We value our volunteers immensely and want to ensure there are no barriers to volunteer involvement. We will reimburse all reasonable travel expenses incurred by you in relation to your volunteering. If you volunteer for five hours or more, we will provide you with a complimentary meal or snack.

    We will reimburse all reasonable travel expenses incurred by you in relation to your volunteering. We ask that you avoid taking taxis unless it is after 7pm and with staff approval. We will also reimburse mileage for those who choose to drive. All expenses should be sent to volunteers@humanappeal.org.uk.

  • Will I get a t-shirt?

    Yes, before every event we will provide a T-shirt for you to then keep as an ambassador of our organisation. To save on costs, we ask volunteers to use T-shirts they have from previous events.

  • If I am experiencing any problems, who should I talk to?

    There are many ways that you can reach out to us. If you have any concerns or issues, you can contact your regional Volunteers Officer. You can also email volunteers@humanappeal.org.uk.

    If it is related to safeguarding and you would like advice or would like to talk in confidence, we have a 24/7 safeguarding hotline number where you can reach us on: 07933994408.

  • If I move overseas, can I still volunteer with Human Appeal?

    Owing to migration laws, we only accept volunteers who have a registered address in the UK.

  • Are Human Appeal Projects Zakat-applicable?

    Yes, much of Human Appeal’s work is Zakat applicable. Our Zakat-applicable projects are sustainable and impactful, continuing to benefit people for years to come.

  • Do all of Human Appeal’s costs go on admin fees?

    No. Only 9 pence out of every £1 donated is reinvested back into Human Appeal. The vast majority of donations go directly to the people we support. Your money is used to transform the lives of those who are suffering most in the world. Our admin fee is about ensuring skilled people can safely deliver your donation and maximise its impact. To perform their duties successfully, charities need to charge an admin fee. Our staff are on the frontline every day in the world’s most hostile places, often putting their lives at risk. Our admin fee is about ensuring that expert hands safely deliver donations to those intended. Find out more:https://humanappeal.org.uk/appeals/how-we-are-making-a-difference

  • How does money reach the beneficiaries?

    Once the funds are in Human Appeal’s bank account, donations are transferred from Human Appeal UK to the selected country of the specific project. From there, our local programmes team or local partner team implements the project according to the delivery and budget.

Helpful documents

Volunteer Handbook

This handbook provides you with essential information about volunteering with Human Appeal.

The specific information you will need for your volunteer role will be covered as part of your induction. Whatever your background, and for however long you spend with us, we hope you thoroughly enjoy your volunteering experience. Thank you, again, for your time and dedication to Human Appeal.

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Volunteer Team Leader Handbook

Everything you need to know about being a team leader

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Volunteers Code of Conduct

Volunteers are an important and valued part of Human Appeal and we want to ensure their time with us is enjoyable, meaningful, and worthwhile.

The purpose of this Code of Conduct is to provide volunteers with clear guidelines as to their standard of behaviour, responsibilities, and best practice in fulfilling their role.

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Global Volunteering Policy

Volunteers are an integral part of Human Appeal’s success. They extend the high standard of service that we provide for those most in need.

Volunteers represent Human Appeal’s most valued supporters, and are vital to, and enhance Human Appeal’s ability to deliver services and activities to beneficiaries. Volunteers expand the reach of our work and capacity by giving us their time and bringing new skills, knowledge and a fresh perspective.

This volunteering policy is a framework for Human Appeal’s Volunteer Programme globally. The purpose of this policy is to explain why Human Appeal involves volunteers whilst defining their role within the organisation. The policy outlines the processes and procedures that all Human Appeal employees and volunteers must follow to ensure that volunteers have a valued experience with the organisation.

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Join thousands of others across the country to volunteer with us. Giving your time means helping to give those most vulnerable a chance at the future they deserve.

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