Yes, absolutely. If a non-member wants to volunteer with us for the Volunteering section of their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, they need to be at least 13.5 years old.
If they’re aged 13.5 years old - can volunteer within Scouts for the amount of time required to complete the volunteering section of their award. https://www.scouts.org.uk/volunteers/running-your-section/programme-guidance/information-for-volunteers/top-awards-for-young-people/the-duke-of-edinburghs-award/introduction-to-the-dofe/volunteering/volunteering-with-scouts/
If they’re aged 14 – 18, they can do their volunteering with a Scout Group – in the Squirrel, Beaver, Cub or Scout sections. This would need to be agreed by the Section Leader and be for the fixed period of time required for their DofE Award. See Policy Organisation and Rules (POR) rule 4.6.2 https://www.scouts.org.uk/por/4-local-organisation-of-sections-groups-districts-counties/#4.6.2
They will be acting as a Young Leader, and should complete the same minimum training as Explorer Scout Young Leaders, which is Module A of the Young Leaders’ Scheme, within the first 3 months. It is also important they are given a copy of the Orange Card – the safeguarding code of practice for Young Leaders when they start.
If they’re aged 18 or over, they’ll need to go through our normal appointments process. As with any adult, they’ll need to take on a role that matches the volunteering they’ll be doing. The role of Section Assistant is often the best fit. They’ll need a criminal records disclosure check, and to complete their Getting Started training in their first 5 months, to support them in their role.
It’s important that they are given a copy of the Yellow Card, the safeguarding code of practice when they start, and that they understand this and follow it at all times.