Volunteering & Benefits
If you are unemployed and claiming benefits, volunteer work should not affect your entitlement. You must however:
- notify the Benefits Office that you are doing voluntary work.
- State that you can attend interviews at one-day’s notice,
- Be available for paid work
- Not receiving any payment other than travelling expenses.
If you are claiming long-term sickness benefit ask permission from the Benefits Office before starting voluntary work.
If you are receiving any benefit, it is wise to contact the Benefits Office for up-to-date advice. Doing voluntary work can affect your entitlement to some benefits.