On benefits

You can volunteer while claiming benefits although it's always best to check with your benefits adviser before you start just to make sure.

General guidance is that you can volunteer as many hours as you want as long as the work you do is unpaid (you’re allowed to claim expenses such as travel, but not an allowance) and you meet the rules of your benefit.

For example if you receive Jobseekers Allowance you must still be actively seeking a full-time job, able to attend job interviews at 48 hours notice and available to work at one week’s notice.

Up to date info can be found on the direct.gov site


« back to ideas