Receiving state benefits should not impact on any volunteer placements that you undertake, provided that you do not receive payment while volunteering and that you adhere to the conditions of the benefits that you receive. For example, if you are receiving Job Seekers Allowance you will still need to evidence that you are looking for paid employment and be available for an interview within 48 hours.

Full information relating to volunteering and state benefits can be found on the following links:

https://www.gov.uk/volunteering/when-people-can-volunteer

Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure that volunteering does not impinge on the requirements of your benefits.