• Why Volunteer?
    Why Volunteer

    People choose to volunteer for a variety of reasons. For some it offers the chance to give something back to the community or make a difference to the people around them. For others it provides an opportunity to develop new skills or build on existing experience and knowledge. Regardless of the motivation, what unites them all is that they find it both challenging and rewarding. Volunteering can be a route to employment, or a chance to try something new which may lead to a career


    We currently have no vacancies but please do check our website regularly.


    Download a Free copy of the Official S.I.A.S Brochure.

    Improve quality of life

    Research suggests that where families are adequately supported, loved ones are more likely to engage in treatment, complete treatment successfully, and are more likely to maintain their new lifestyle.

    If the person you care about is not ready to enter treatment, we can still support you and other family members to improve the quality of your lives.


Thank you for expressing an interest in volunteering with Recovery Focus. We provide a wide range of mental health, substance misuse, and other complex needs support services. Please complete this form as fully as you can and return as requested on the final page.  All the information provided within this application and in any further DBS check will be treated as confidential and will not be passed to anyone outside of the organisation without the applicant’s permission.

Section 1 - Personal Information:

First Name:




Home Address:

Mobile Telephone No: 

Home Telephone No:

Email Address:

Date of Birth:

Emergency Contact:

Current Occupation (if applicable):

Section 2 – Areas of Interest

Please mark with X against any of the following areas that you are interested in, have skills in or would like to help others with:

Section 3 – Availability 

How many volunteering hours per week would you be able to fulfil?   

Please X the boxes to show your availability at present:








If you have complete flexibility please X this box

Section 4 – Experience & Personal Qualities

Please tell us why you are interested in becoming a volunteer with us:

Please give details about any relevant hobbies or interests:

Please give brief details of any previous paid or unpaid work experience relevant to any particular support services offered?

What do you see as your main qualities and strengths for volunteering with us?

Have you completed any relevant training which would support your application? If so, please give brief details:

What further training would be helpful for you and do you have any additional support needs that we should be aware of:

Please provide any further helpful personal information you are happy to share at this time:

Section 5 – Disclosure of Criminal Convictions

You will appreciate that we are responsible for the provision of services to vulnerable people and therefore must be particularly careful to enquire into the character and background of Volunteers.  By virtue of the rehabilitation of offenders act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975, this work is exempt from the provision of the said Act.  You are therefore obliged to give details below, of any previous convictions and cautions:

Section 6 – Character References

Written references are required for all volunteer applicants, so please supply the names and contact details of two individuals who know you well but who are not in your family, and who you are happy for us to contact:


Reference 1


Relationship to applicant:

Position or Title:

Telephone Number:




Reference 2


Relationship to applicant:

Position or Title:

Telephone Number:



Section 7 – Declaration Agreement

I confirm that, to the best of my knowledge, the information I have given in this application is correct.

Signed by applicant:


Signed by staff member:


For Official Use Only:

Date application received:   Date individual contacted:

Date of assessment meeting: Date assessment meeting completed:


Section 8:  Equal Opportunities Monitoring

This section of the form will be detached from your application and used for monitoring purposes only.  This section will not be seen by the panel.

We recognise and actively promote the benefits of diversity and are committed to treating everyone with dignity and respect regardless of race, gender, disability, age, sexual orientation religion or belief.  We therefore welcome applications from all sections of the community.



Ref no. (if known):


Age Group



  Please specify:


Please specify:


Asian or Asian British:

Please specify:


Chinese or Other Ethnic Group:

Please specify:


Please specify:



Do you consider yourself to have a disability? The disability Discrimination Act defines disability as ‘A physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term effect on the person’s ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities’.



If Yes, please state the nature of disability:

How did you become aware of this volunteering opportunity:

If you wish you may disclose information about yourself in this section about your:


Sexual Orientation:

Please return this completed Application Form to:

Volunteering, Head Office, 236 Bristol Road, Birmingham, B5 7SL or volunteering@aquarius.org.uk