Remaining politically neutral during General Election 2024

Under guidance from the Electoral Commission and Charity Commission, it's important that Scope remains politically neutral during General Elections.

While we understand that this period will see many passionate discussions and do not want to discourage open discussion, we cannot allow discussions which are purely intended to influence voting.

As ever, please make sure that your comments remain respectful of other people's opinions and keep to our online community house rules.

Volunteering Advice

YZM_30 Community member Posts: 2 Listener
Hello, I am 31 and I unfortunately I have no real work or volunteering history, which I know isn’t a good thing. I’m currently looking into volunteering, as I need to start moving my life forward, however, most places require 2 references and I obviously can’t provide these. I’m just wondering if anyone can provide any advice on how I can move forwards with this? Thank you. 


  • DaddysGirl1982
    DaddysGirl1982 Community member Posts: 8 Connected
    hi @YZM_30. I looked on the website to see if they have any volunteering opportunities and I registered on their volunteer hub page. I had my welcome chat meeting yesterday afternoon. I'm booked on to the induction on Monday 29/04/24. 
    I'm just waiting for the lady I spoke to today to send me the information I need about where the induction will be.

  • Geoark
    Geoark Community member Posts: 1,471 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @YZM_30 Try this resource:

    The NCVO has volunteer centers in many locations and are a good resource for help in getting into and volunteering opportunities. Your local library would hopefully have the location of your nearest center.

    As an individual I stood alone.
    As a member of a group I did things.
    As part of a community I helped to create change!

  • hyancinth
    hyancinth Community member Posts: 78 Pioneering
    Any health charity or organisation you are linked to with may be able to help you especially as it will improve your  wellbeing (should) 
  • Rosie_Scope
    Rosie_Scope Posts: 2,911 Scope online community team
    Hi @YZM_30, if you explain your situation to the places you're hoping to volunteer with, they might be able to accept an alternative.

    Would there be anyone who could help you out with a character reference? Sometimes places will accept these instead of work/volunteering references. Sounds like a really positive step, so I hope you can find a way forward :)
    Rosie (she/her)

    Online Community Coordinator @ Scope

    Concerned about another member's safety or wellbeing? Flag your concerns with us.
    Want to give us feedback? Complete our feedback form now.
Complete our feedback form and tell us how we can make the community better.
If we become concerned about you or anyone else while using one of our services, we will act in line with our safeguarding policy and procedures. This may involve sharing this information with relevant authorities to ensure we comply with our policies and legal obligations.

Find out how to let us know if you're concerned about another member's safety.