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.