Generally, age isn’t a barrier to volunteering, but some organisations have restrictions on volunteers under the age of 18. These restrictions usually depend on the roles that volunteers are undertaking and any associated risk. Lower age limits may also be dictated by your organisation’s volunteer insurance.

If your organisation involves young volunteers, you should ensure that the tasks are suitable for their age and that they are adequately supervised. We also suggest making enquiries with your insurer on any age limitations of your insurance policy.