Community Safety Volunteers
Community Safety Volunteers were introduced into Humberside Fire and Rescue in January 2013. Since then, they have developed into an effective resource, supporting key areas of business, including home and fire safety support, engaging with local communities at events and assisting staff in their day to day work.
Working in partnership with Humberside Police volunteers they get to gain experience within two public sector services and also avoid duplication of effort at community events.
Volunteers are used to assist and enhance our services and never used to replace paid members of staff.
Individuals are motivated to volunteer for many reasons some of which include:
• Keeping mind active after retirement
• Giving something back to the community
• Meeting new people
• Exploring a career path
• Learning new skills
• Building confidence in returning to a work place environment
Becoming a Fire Service and Police Volunteer
• Click here to go to the volunteers page at www.humberside.police.uk
• Complete application pack
• Application form received and checked
• Invite to interview
• References obtained
• Complete medical form
• Complete online vetting forms
Frequently asked questions
What do volunteers assist with?
Home security visits, quality assurance calls, administrative tasks, partnership working.
Do I need any qualifications?
Formal qualifications are not necessary. We match volunteer skills and abilities to available roles.
Will I receive expenses?
Although you will not be paid a salary, your volunteering role should not leave you out of pocket. You can claim expenses for travelling to and from your place of duty, meal allowance if you work more than four hours together.
If I claim benefits, can I still apply?
It is compulsory for claimants to notify benefits advisers that they are volunteering. Volunteers will be asked by the benefits agency to complete a form describing what they do. Humberside Police has no duty to inform the Jobcentre Plus or benefits office about who is volunteering for them, so it is the responsibility of the volunteer to do this.
As part of Good Practice, Support Officers, if asked, will explain to the benefits agency, the role of the volunteer within Humberside Police and clarify that volunteers do not receive payment other than out of pocket expenses.
Humberside Police will keep up to date to ensure that volunteer involvement is in line with current benefit regulations.
Is there an age limit?
There is no age limit, although you must have completed GCSE’s. Volunteers bring various skills and attributes from their life experiences, whether people have just left school or have retired.
How often will I be needed to volunteer?
We require a minimum of 4 hours per week and many volunteers prefer to give a morning or an afternoon.
Are there any residency rules?
You will need to have lived in the country for at least three years and over to be eligible to apply.