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More than a job

Because of what we do, and how we do it, working here is never just a job. It’s a commitment to vulnerable children and young adults.

It’s an incredible opportunity to build relationships that last. It means more. It demands more. And it’ll see you grow as a person as well as a professional.

If you would like to Work with us, volunteer or get further information, please contact our Recruitment manager directly: recruitment@theknightlytrust.org


Volunteer with us and help vulnerable children and young adults, live the lives they want to lead.

Why volunteer with us?

You will change a life but we promise it will change yours as well. We work with volunteers who are as passionate about supporting vulnerable children and  young adults with special needs as we are and we would love it if you join us.

In return we offer the chance to develop new skills and experience, as well as make new friends.

Volunteering if you have special educational needs

Do you have special educational needs? Are you interested in volunteering with The Knightly Trust?, or know someone who might be? If so, we have lots of exciting opportunities to try something new, learn new skills and make friends.

We want a world where people with special educational needs are included in society and the decisions that affect them. Volunteering is a great way for people with special educational needs to learn new skills, make friends and improve confidence.

There are many ways you can volunteer with us and gain new skills, meet new people and enjoy new activities.

Information for parents and carers

Do you have a family member or friend who has special educational needs who might be interested in volunteering with us?

We provide happy and inclusive volunteering opportunities for all, and we’re committed to providing accessible roles.

Registration process

We have a 4-stage registration process to get you working for us:

Stage 1 – Register your interest
A very short email telling us a little bit about yourself, please attach your  CV to the email.

Stage 2 – Telephone interview
A short conversation where we find out a bit more about you and what you want.

Stage 3 – Face-to-face meeting
A meeting to check your documentation and to discuss your skills, experience and work preferences in more detail.

Stage 4 – Safeguarding checks
A behind-the-scenes process where we complete the necessary safeguarding checks to clear you for work in schools (eg. references, police check).

Safeguarding Checks

We are required by statutory guidance to make specific safeguarding checks on everyone we place in schools and we undertake the following documentary checks as part of our registration process.

We check your identity against the DBS approved list of documents, most commonly:
• Passport
• Photo driving licence (UK)
• Utility bill or bank statement (dated in the last 3 months)

Right to Work in the UK
• Valid or Expired UK/EU passport or
• Non-EU passport with visa and Biometric Residence Permit or
• EU National ID card or
• Full UK birth certificate and NI number or
• Certificate of Naturalisation and NI number

Criminal Record Check
Please note, we re-check all DBS disclosures every 12 months, so we strongly recommend you subscribe to the DBS Update Service.
• Enhanced DBS Enclosure from Protocol Education dated within 12 months or
• Enhanced DBS Enclosure with valid Update Service subscription
• Overseas Police Check (where applicable)

Barred List
• Checked as part the Enhanced DBS Check and then re-checked annually.

Prohibition from Teaching Orders
• Checked against the NCTL database

Childcare Disqualification (and Disqualification by Association)
• A signed declaration as part of the application process

Qualifications & Qualified Teacher Status
• NCTL check to confirm Teacher Reference Number and QTS (UK qualifications) or
• Original and verified non-UK teaching qualification

References (2 required)
• Most recent employer (from head, deputy or head of department)
• One other professional reference (from head, deputy or head of department)
• University tutor and references from school placements (for NQTs)
Non-school references and character references are accepted where you have not previously worked in schools. 


What will I do as a volunteer for The Knightly Trust? 

There are many different roles you can do as a volunteer with The Knightly Trust. Some of our volunteers work directly with people with Special educational needs or you can support The Knightly Trust to raise awareness through events.

How old do I need to be to volunteer? 

For some roles, you need to be over 16 years old and for others, you will need to be over 18 years old. Young people under 18 will need consent from their parent / guardian. There is no upper age limit for our volunteers.

Can I get support to volunteer if I have a disability?        

Yes.  Please get in touch so we can talk about what roles might suit your skills and any additional support or adjustments you may need.

Will I need a DBS check? 

A DBS check is a Disclosure and Barring Service check and looks at whether you have a criminal record.  For some roles The Knightly Trust will need a DBS check carried out but this will be discussed with you.

I have a criminal record – can I still volunteer?  

Yes.  But you need to tell us when you apply for a volunteer role. If you are in England or Wales you will need to complete a DBS check, if you are in Northern Ireland you will need to take an Access NI check. We will make a case–by–case decision about whether or not you can volunteer in this role.

I don’t have much time – can I still volunteer? 

Yes.  Some of our volunteering opportunities are for set amounts of time, but others are flexible. We look for at least 6 months commitment.

Can I volunteer for more than one service / project with The Knightly Trust? 

Yes. However, we recommend that volunteers do not volunteer in more than two roles at a time.

Will volunteering affect my benefits? 

Volunteering shouldn’t affect your benefits but we suggest you ask for advice from the Job Centre or your employment advisor.

Will I have to do an interview? 

Some roles will need an interview, and others may just need a chat about what you will be doing.

Will I need to give references? 

Some roles will need references and some won’t.

How long will it be from when I apply to when I start volunteering? 

We hope to have volunteers starting within 2 weeks of application, but sometimes DBS checks and references mean it can take longer.

What training will I get as a volunteer? 

All volunteers will receive training. Some roles will need extra training and this will be discussed with you.

What support will I get? 

 You will have a volunteer manager who you can go to for help, support and guidance. You will have regular contact with this manager.

Will you provide me with a reference when I have finished volunteering for you? 

Yes. You may ask for a reference or certificate of achievement upon leaving, or sooner if you need one for a job or college application.

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