volunteering with cheltenham guardians

It's fair to say we've not made this easy for you

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.

  1. Initial contact
  2. Phase one vetting
  3. Phone interview (30 minutes)
  4. First face-to-face interview (2 hours)
  5. Application to join the organisation
  6. Phase two vetting, DBS check and references
  7. First observation shift (4 hours)
  8. Second face-to-face interview (2 hours)
  9. Phase three vetting
  10. Second observation shift (6.5 hours)
  11. Third face-to-face interview (1 hour)
  12. Conditional invite to join the organisation as a probationary 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:

  • 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 a one off £100 uniform contribution (this can be subsidised in certain circumstances)
  • Successful candidates will be required to pay £25 annually for DBS checks

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.

You can view and download the application form below.

Volunteer application form download

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