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Volunteering recruitment process

We have varied volunteering roles which are advertised throughout the year. The volunteer recruitment process takes about five months, depending on how many checks are required and if the full accurate information is provided.

Stage 1 – Eligibility

During the eligibility process, we must check you meet all of the criteria detailed below before you can continue with your application.

You must:

  • be aged 18 years or over on the day you submit your application
  • have lived in the UK for three continuous years, immediately before applying
  • have leave to enter, or leave to remain and work in the UK for an indefinite period
  • not be a member of the British National Party or other relevant organisations
Stage 2 – Application

If you are successful at the online eligibility stage, you will need to complete an online application form.

You will need to fill in your personal details, employment history and references and upload your proof of address ID.


If you have a disability or a neurodiverse condition (as defined by the Equalities Act 2010), we encourage you to tell us on your application so we can offer you support throughout the recruitment process.

When completing your application on our recruitment system, you can tick a box to let us know if you would like our Outreach Team to contact you to provide guidance and support.

The information you provide will be shared with our HR Advisory team, Occupational Health team and our Learning and Development team. These teams will support you and ensure you have all the required measures in place to carry out your role.


Once you have completed your application form, it will be assessed against the evidence of suitability you provided.

If successful, a member of our Talent Acquisition team will contact you to discuss any reasonable adjustments and additional support you may need during the interview stage and beyond

Stage 3 – Interview

The hiring manager will contact you to arrange a time for you to attend an interview. This could take place virtually or face to face.

Further information regarding the interview will be sent to you. If the interview is face to face, please make sure you bring the requested ID with you.

Stage 4 – Pre-appointment checks

Depending on the nature of the role, you will have to complete various checks and references before starting with us.

You will be able to keep track of these clearances on your candidate portal.

Vetting needs to be completed for all roles. Read about the vetting process at Avon and Somerset Police.

Stage 5 – Offer of appointment

Once a start date has been agreed, you will be sent your offer of appointment through your candidate portal.

Stage 6 – On-boarding and induction

Once you have accepted the appointment and read through the volunteer agreement, you will be set up on our in-house training and volunteer communication application, Duty Sheet.

If you are new to Avon and Somerset Police, you will also be invited to induction events.

Ready to join us?

View all volunteering opportunities

To make a recruitment related query, contact our Talent Acquisition team.

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