Volunteering with us

Please Note: We are currently only accepting applications from FEMALE candidates for front-line duties due to operational restrictions and requirements. Other opportunities may be available for male candidates.

We have set the entry bar very high for all volunteer candidates such is the sensitivity of our work. We operate in a highly charged and fluid environment alongside the emergency services where you will absolutely be tested to the limit whilst service users will be counting upon you to make the right decisions at the right time. We cannot and will not compromise their safety therefore only candidates that meet strict entry requirements will be accepted into the organisation.

You will be of a caring and compassionate nature and be willing to operate in testing conditions in the service of others. You will have no criminal record (spent or unspent) relating to crimes of a violent or sexual nature. You will agree to submit to extensive vetting, referencing and a DBS (disclosure and barring service) check.

The Cheltenham Guardians team is a close-knit family and we will maintain this dynamic going forward. If you are not a team player you are not a Cheltenham Guardian. It's not just who you are on shift that is of interest to us, it's who you are outside of the organisation that is important too.

WARNING: Cheltenham Guardians have been first responders to a murder, life threatening and life changing assaults, sexual assaults and domestic violence. Please do consider this before applying.

So you still want to become a Cheltenham Guardian?

Please find below the route we take from first contact to becoming a Guardian volunteer.

  1. Initial contact
  2. Phone interview (30 minutes)
  3. Phase #1 vetting
  4. First face-to-face interview (2 hours)
  5. Application to join the organisation
  6. Phase #2 vetting, DBS check and references
  7. First observation shift (4 hours subject to satisfactory DBS check)
  8. Second face-to-face interview (1 hour)
  9. Second observation shift (6.5 hours)
  10. Final face-to-face interview (1 hour)
  11. Conditional invite to join the organisation as a probationary volunteer
  12. Operational training commences (ongoing)

Should you fail any of the requirements at any stage the recruitment process will be terminated and you will not be eligible to reapply for at least 12 months. If your DBS check or references are unsuitable the recruitment process will be terminated and you will not be eligible to reapply for at least 24 months.

Please note: If you are an employee of Gloucestershire Constabulary, South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue or are serving in Her Majesty's Armed Forces a fast-track route may be available.

As a Cheltenham Guardian you will understand that:

  • You will commit to at least 6.5 hours operational service every six weeks
  • Training may occur during weekday evenings (no more than 3 hours per month)
  • You will be required to sign a non disclosure and confidentiality agreement
  • If vomit and blood isn't your thing you've probably made a mistake
  • Successful candidates will be required to pay for their own uniform. All uniform components (including seasonal variations) cost £240. We can help you crowdfund for this if necessary
  • Successful candidates will be required to pay £25 annually for DBS checks
  • You will be expected to participate in fundraising activities.

To apply to become a Cheltenham Guardian please send an email to: volunteer@cheltenhamguardians.org. Be sure to include the following in your email:

  • Name
  • Date of birth
  • email address
  • Mobile number
  • Why you want to become a Guardian
  • What qualities you can bring to the team

Good luck!