Sometimes people in receipt of social welfare want to volunteer but are worried about how volunteering might affect their social welfare payments. The Department of Social Protection will not penalise anyone in receipt of jobseekers benefit or allowance for volunteering, in fact the department wants to encourage it.
However, there are some points to be aware of:
You should inform your local Social Welfare office that you are volunteering. You will be given a form for your chosen voluntary organisation to fill out and return to the Social Welfare office (VW1 form). This form is not to check up on the volunteers but to ensure that voluntary organisations involve volunteers for genuine reasons.
For other Social Welfare payments such as disability allowance or invalidity pension there may be certain limitations to volunteering permitted and so it is important to check with your Social Welfare office before you begin volunteering.
If you need any assistance or advice please contact your local Citizens Information Centre http://centres.citizensinformation.ie/ For more information visit the Citizen’s Information Website