Coronavirus Update:
The SVC team are mainly working from home, please email us to organise an appointment to visit the office.
We currently have a number of digital (online) opportunities available, and are cautiously returning to some in-person opportunities.
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Volunteering should be a possibility for everyone, regardless of circumstances. Therefore we always do our best to pay you out-of-pocket expenses. This can include mileage allowance for volunteers who have registered their own cars with us for use on their voluntary placement.

SVC expenses can include:

  • Travelling expenses, for car or public transport. Please note – there are different amounts we cover depending on where you live, and where you’re volunteering opportunity is, for full information please see our Staff and Volunteer Expenses Policy. Additionally, if you are driving an SVC vehicle and have filled up the petrol tank, then please retain this receipt and you will receive a full refund.
  • Necessary telephone calls.
  • Materials for activities (project specific - includes projects such as YCC, Be Friends, LOL Fridays, Befriending Project and Huggard). If you have an idea for some resources or materials to improve your project, please speak to your allocated SVC staff member prior to making a purchase.
  • Cost of taking beneficiaries out and about (project specific- includes projects such as Be Friends, Befriending Project, YCC and LOL Fridays)

Please check with the SVC Manager regarding what you are entitled to reclaim if you are unsure.

To claim expenses, you’ll need to bring your original receipt or to the SVC office, or email a copy of your receipt (photograph is fine) to your staff member, or We will then reimburse you for your expenses. Where possible we prefer to reimburse volunteers electronically, so don’t forget to give us your name and bank details so we can make a quick transfer for you. If, for any reason, you do not have your original receipt or ticket and you want to claim back your expenses, you must submit a statement in writing and the SVC Manager and/or Board of Trustees will consider your case.

For full details about expenses please see our Staff and Volunteer Expenses Policy