Checks and personal details
Volunteer Anything does not carry out checks on people who use this website.
Although this website aims to put volunteers in touch, you should treat people that you meet through this website as strangers. What level of trust you place in people that you meet through this website is your judgment to make. You should not put yourself, your friends or family in danger and should use your common sense about where, when and how to meet with new acquaintances met on this website.
You should avoid posting personal details that you do not want to share with the whole world. If you post a direct telephone number or email address, you must understand that this will be available on the internet for everyone to see, so you need to think carefully about the information that you are comfortable revealing to strangers.
Once you have given an offer of help, you should use an appropriate level of caution with regards to meeting a person face to face. We are not responsible for your safety and you must use your own discretion as to the risk of providing help. To help keep yourself safe, you could take a friend or relative along when meeting a new acquaintance until you feel you trust the new acquaintance sufficiently.
If you are unsure about going into someone’s house or any other place in which you have offered to provide voluntary services, you should not go in. It is not just a case of trusting the person you are helping, there could also be hazards in a building or on a property that you need to look out for. Whilst in principle property owners are responsible for harm done to people on their properties due to not providing adequate warning of holes, water hazards and defective aspects of the property, you don’t want to get hurt in the first place if you can avoid it.
Receiving voluntary services and your safety
Never risk the security of your house or property. For example, do not leave keys in a hidden place for someone to pick up; leave your door unlocked in the expectation that someone who has arranged to call in will let themselves in; tell people security or entrance key codes; leave ground floor windows open or leave tools and items accessible to members of the public. You should not discuss any anticipated absence from your house or divulge that there may be unsupervised children or vulnerable adults in your house.
Once an offer of help has been accepted, you should use an appropriate level of caution with regards to meeting a person face to face. We are not responsible for your safety and you must use your own discretion as to the risk of receiving help arranged through the website. To help keep yourself safe, you could take a friend or relative along when meeting a new acquaintance until you feel you trust the new acquaintance sufficiently. If you let strangers into your home you should supervise them at all times, especially in a situation in which children or vulnerable adults are around.
If you consider yourself to be a vulnerable adult, you should consider whether it will help you to use the website with a friend. If you arrange to meet anyone or provide help to someone else through the website, you should consider taking a friend with you.