Frequently asked questions about volunteering at Bletchley Park
Is there an upper or lower age limit for volunteering?
For reasons relating to insurance, we regret we cannot accept applications from anyone under the age of 18.
There is no upper age limit.
How much WW2 knowledge do I have to have? I’m worried my knowledge isn’t deep enough to meet your expectations.
Our only expectation is that you have an interest in our history and the core story that we tell.
We have resources available for volunteers to use such as our staff and volunteer library as well as the podcast available on our website. A lot of content will be covered in your training and induction period but there are other opportunities to add to your knowledge as you go through your volunteer life at Bletchley Park.
I have a disability and am nervous about making an application.
We are proud to be an inclusive organisation and have an equal opportunities policy to ensure every staff member, volunteer and visitor received fair and equal treatment.
In order to make reasonable adjustment, if you declare to us that you have a disability at the application or enquiry stage, we will offer a one-to-one volunteer recruitment process so you can discuss any concerns you might have in a safe and private environment. We can also discuss what adjustments might be suitable, if required. Once we have received your application, we will contact you to ask if you would like this.
Do you accept volunteers from other countries?
We follow the guidance and advice given by the NCVO (National Council of Voluntary Organisations) who take a professional lead in promoting best practice in volunteer management. Their guidance is here and summarises how we approach receiving applications from those with visas, EU and non-EU nationals and those currently living abroad.
Do you accept work experience students?
Yes, we do accept work experience, but this is subject to capacity within our teams.
You be asked to complete a short form identifying tasks that you enjoy and dates that you require a placement. Our ability to accept you into our work experience programme will be based on our business capacity to accommodate and support you in suitable activities during the dates which you are available, therefore we take every enquiry on an individual and case-by-case basis.
We have reached our capacity for work experience placements within the academic year 2019-2020 and are not yet ready to receive enquiries for the academic year 2020-2021.
Please do check back.
I am in receipt of benefits does this effect my ability to volunteer?
No, we fully support jobseekers and others in receipt of benefit volunteering as a way to develop their CV or have meaningful social contact.
If you are in receipt of benefit it is your responsibility to make the authorities aware that you are volunteering and not to commit yourself to volunteering over and above your permitted hours.
You will only ever receive reimbursement of travel expenses in your volunteer role. This is a voluntary position and you will not receive a wage.
I haven’t volunteered before – will this effect my application?
Not at all. We acknowledge that people’s prior experience of volunteering maybe different.
Part of the recruitment process includes a Taster Day where we get to meet each other. We are more interested in aptitude, skills and attitude and try to see the potential and ability in our volunteer applicants and not evidence of previous volunteering or paid work experience.
What if I don’t see something that interests me?
Please keep checking the website regularly for updates on our current opportunities. We recruit according to business need and there are often new opportunities arising. We also use social media and Do-it to advertise volunteer roles.