Who is this form for?
All new and experienced helpers (but not helpers intending to travel with the Young Helpers Group) intending to volunteer for the Catholic Association's ("CA") 2019 pilgrimage to Lourdes (taking place on Friday 23rd August to Friday 30th August 2019) should fill out this registration form.
Young helpers between the ages of 17-25 travelling with the Young Helpers Group should fill out the Lourdes 2019 Young Helpers Application Form which you can access here.
The form should be completed by the actual volunteer, unless the volunteer is out of the country, in which case completion of the form on their behalf by a close relative is acceptable.
Who can apply online?
All volunteers (both new and experienced) are welcome to submit an online registration form should this be more convenient.
What happens when I apply online?
You will receive an automatic acknowledgement receipt once you submit your application and a member of our team will be in touch if we have any questions.
If you would prefer to send a physical registration form in the post, please download and complete the form (via this link here) and return to Ms. Lina Al-Araj at 26 Marbaix Gardens, Isleworth, London, TW7 4FD. Please note that we are not ordinarily able to confirm receipt of physical registration forms.
Deadline for Applications
For planning purposes, we ask that all volunteers submit their applications for the 2019 pilgrimage before 1 June 2019. However, we may still accept experienced and new helpers after the deadline (provided new helpers are able to attend a training day).
As always, please get in touch with Lina and Richard at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or need any additional information.
A DBS check must be carried out on any person volunteering for the CA Lourdes pilgrimage. The CA carry out enhanced checks under both adult and child sections as all volunteers may be involved with regulated activity with either vulnerable adults or children during the pilgrimage.
To ensure the DBS check is up to date the check must be carried out no more than 3 months before the start of the pilgrimage. DBS checks are free for volunteers.
Please note that you must provide details of two referees in this application form if you are a new helper OR need to complete a new DBS check.
You will fall into one of the 3 categories below. If you are unsure which applies please contact us for advice.
1. You already have an enhanced DBS certificate for vulnerable adults and children and the certificate is registered with the online DBS Update Service. A copy of the certificate and your update service registration number should be sent with your application form (you can provide this information below). An authorized representative of the CA will then check your details online with the DBS to verify if that previous certificate is still valid; please read through the relevant information and add your signature below. More information is available here.
2. All other UK residents: A new check needs to be carried out. The DBS application form will be completed at the Pilgrimage Preparation Day. You will need to provide details of two referees in this application form. You must bring all the relevant information and ID documents as specified here.
3. Non UK residents: Please contact our safeguarding officer at email@example.com. There is further information about this available here.
If you have lost your certificate and it was previously obtained through the CA please contact us.
We ask that all volunteers return a medical form (available here or on our website) to the Chief Doctor at the address provided.