This half-day course will help organisations who utilise volunteers to understand the relationship between volunteers and the law and some of the grey areas that exist. It will look at policies, paperwork and practices that will help you to ensure that you comply with legal requirements and ensure best practice. It will include consideration of how issues such as benefits, immigration status and national minimum wage can affect volunteers and how you can ensure that volunteers are utilised safely and enjoy their time with you.
- Volunteers, the law and how it relates to volunteers
- Volunteer policies, role descriptions, agreements and other paperwork, including the differences between contracts and agreements
- How involving volunteers is affected by benefits, immigration law and the national minimum wage
- Volunteer rights and responsibilities
- Health and safety and risk assessment issues
- Utilising young volunteers
- The volunteer process: recruitment, induction, supervision and exit
- Rewarding your volunteers – what you can and cannot do
Benefits to you
Attending this training will enable Volunteer Co-ordinators and Managers to gain an understanding of both good practice in volunteer management and the legal implications of using volunteers, so that volunteering remains a valuable and safe experience for your organisation and those involved with it.
Robin Hodgkinson, the trainer, has vast experience of the voluntary sector over the last 20 years. He is the author of the Trustee E-Learning Programme – a 12 module non accredited course for trustees that was endorsed by the Charity Commission. He specialises in running courses on all aspects of trusteeship, managing volunteers, running meetings, minute taking and speaking and presentation skills. He is also an assessor for the PQASSO Quality Standard Award.