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 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, 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.
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 12 months.
Please note: If you are an emergency service employee or are serving in Her Majesty's Armed Forces there is a fast-track route available.
As a Cheltenham Guardian you will understand that:
Other than the initial uniform contribution and the annual DBS fee you will not be required to make any further financial contribution to the organisation. However, you will be expected to join in any fundraising activities we may undertake.