Disability Payments: If you are in receipt of Disability Allowance, Illness benefit or Invalidity Pension, you must get permission to volunteer before you begin.
If you are getting Invalidity Pension you cannot do more than 19.5 hours per week voluntary work (no limits for those in receipt of Illness benefit or Disability Allowance)
If you are in receipt of Carer’s Allowance, you can do a maximum of 15 hours per week voluntary work. You must get permission from Department of Social Protection before commencing Volunteer Work.
The Facts – Volunteer Involving Organisations
As an organisation who involves volunteers, you may be required to register your intention to involve volunteers who are in receipt of Social Welfare benefits with the local Social Welfare Office. This will probably come about when a volunteer presents you with a VW1 Form to sign.
This form is about making sure your organisation is one who genuinely involves volunteers for genuine reasons and that you are not ‘paying’ volunteers of replacing paid work with volunteers.
Having a VW1 Form completed in respect of volunteers in receipt of benefits protects both sides.
Citizens Information: www.citizensinformation.ie
Department of Social Protection: www.welfare.ie