Volunteering with CHAT – expression of interest 

CHAT was started as a volunteer organisation and as such volunteers are very important to us People choose to volunteer for a variety of reasonsand if you volunteer with CHAT we will work with you to ensure you get the most out of your time spent with us 

We recruit all volunteers carefully to make sure they are suited to the role. The first stage is to fill out this expression of interest form and we will contact you (usually within a week) for a further chat about the next steps. 

Policy statements  

CHAT is committed to valuing diversity and promoting equality and aim to create an environment where everyone feels valued. Our policy is to ensure that no applicant (employee or volunteer role) receives less favourable treatment than another on grounds of age, disability, ethnic origin, marital or parental status, political belief, religion, gender or sexual orientation. 


We recognise the contribution that ex-offenders can make as employees and volunteers and welcome applications from them. A person’s criminal record will not, in itself, debar that person from being appointed to this post. Any information given will be treated in the strictest confidence. Suitable applicants will not be refused posts because of offences which are not relevant to, and do not place them at or make them a risk in, the role for which they are applying. 

Some posts are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and therefore applicants will be required to declare any cautions, convictions, reprimands and final warnings that are not protected (i.e. that are not filtered out) as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended in 2013). 

For further information on filtering please refer to Nacro guidance and the DBS website.