In general (see exceptions below) there is no minimum or maximum age as long as:

  • You are able to make a useful contribution;
  • There is no minimum age requirement for the task; and
  • The activities are suitable for your age and not detrimental to your welfare or education.

If you are under 18, your parent or guardian must give permission for you to volunteer and you must be supervised by an adult and not left alone. We cannot always provide supervision so this may restrict younger people to volunteering with their parent or guardian.
There is no upper age limit. Older volunteers are welcome to stay for as long as they can carry out their work effectively and providing they are not putting their, or others’, health and safety in jeopardy.

The exceptions are:

  • Overseas volunteers must be 18 or over and have a good command of spoken English.
  • Full-time volunteers should be 18 or over, although some properties may be prepared to take 17 year olds.
  • Asylum seekers and refugees are welcome to volunteer with us.

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