I have a criminal conviction; can I volunteer? Sova has a flexible attitude to recruiting volunteers who may have had a history of convictions. If you have spent or unspent convictions we will ask you to discuss these with us during your recruitment. We will then make a decision as to whether we feel it is the right time for you to volunteer on the project in question. We may have to involve other individuals (such as those referring service users to us for support) in this process. However, we cannot accept volunteer applications from any individual who is on a DBS barring list.