Mid Ulster Volunteer Centre is a registered Umbrella Body with Access NI, providing a discreet, professional vetting service for volunteer involving organisations. We have been providing this service since the inception of Access NI in April 2008. The centre has dedicated and knowledgeable staff who are on hand to provide your organisation with the necessary guidance.
We are committed to helping volunteers access opportunities, helping to reduce barriers to participation and enabling voluntary groups to make safe recruitment decisions when involving volunteers. We do not receive funding to deliver the service therefore a small administration fee of £5 is required per application.
The Volunteer Centre complies with Access NI’s Code of Practice, which can be viewed via link below.
- Code of Practice
- Secure Handling, Use, Storage and Retention Policy
- Recruitment of ex-offenders
- Equal Opportunities Policy
A criminal record will not necessarily be a bar to obtaining a volunteering position. If you have any questions or concerns about the service, please feel free to contact us.
Before beginning you must have with you...
- The PIN given to you by the person who asked you to complete this form. Alternatively, the PIN can be obtained by clicking on the relevant office.
- Your address(es) for the last five years
- Your National Insurance number
- Your driving licence and passport numbers (if you have these documents)
Useful links here...
Enhanced NI Check
Guidance for Organisations
Access NI have conducted a review of Umbrella Bodies in Northern Ireland arrangements and procedures. To comply with the new regulations from April 2020, we require all organisations wishing to continue to use Mid Ulster Volunteer Centre to complete a new Service Level Agreement and send us a copy of their Recruitment of ex-offenders and secure handling, use, storage and retention of disclosure information policies. See samples below
- Sample Service Level Agreement
- Sample Recruitment of ex-offenders Policy (word version)
- Sample Secure handling, use, storage and retention of disclosure information policy (word version)
Organisations need to comply with AccessNI’s Code of Practice and have a copy available within your organisation.
When asking Volunteers to complete an AccessNI application please provide them:
- Access NI Disclosure – Applicant Information Leaflet
- Pin Notification
Important Information for organisations:
- Before we can process an application we need to receive a FULLY completed ID Validation Form and a copy of the original ID’s viewed.
- If your volunteer has submitted an online form already, please do remember there is only a 90 day period before AccessNI will delete it from their system.
- As an umbrella body we cannot take recruitment decisions on behalf of other organisations.
- Never allow anyone to take up a voluntary position until you have seen their Access NI certificate.
Regulated Activity Guidance
Children and Young People
Important: this chart does not apply to family arrangements and personal non-commercial arrangements
- Supervised means regular supervision by someone who themselves is in Regulated Activity.
- Regular means carried out by the same person frequently (once a week or more) or on four or more days in a 30-day period (or in some cases overnight)
Employment Advice Line (employee/volunteers)
NIACRO’s employment advice line receives calls from people who are concerned about the impact of existing and new legislation on their jobs and job applications, and from employers who want to know where they stand when they get an application from someone with a conviction.
When an employee or applicant calls us, we first discuss their concerns. This will help us determine if there is sufficient evidence to take the problem up with their employer on their behalf and whether ongoing support is necessary. As changes to vetting procedures are brought in, there has been an increase in the demands on employers, job applicants and employees, many of whom have concerns on how the processes will affect them.
Some of these queries may result in the need for legal advice, which NIACRO may be able to support.
To access our advice line, contact us on 028 9032 0157.