Successfully reported this slideshow.
We use your LinkedIn profile and activity data to personalize ads and to show you more relevant ads. You can change your ad preferences anytime.

Who Can Volunteer? You'd Be Surprised...

Who Can Volunteer?
Unpicking the myths and barriers around people getting involved.
Book your place now

  • Be the first to comment

  • Be the first to like this

Who Can Volunteer? You'd Be Surprised...

  1. 1. Volunteers and the Law Example Training Slides Check out updated Home Office Guidance: Asylum Seekers Slide 13 Getting People Involved
  2. 2. Volunteers and the Law • Key laws affecting volunteer management: a brief overview • Differences between an employment contract and a volunteer agreement. • Why the actions of the whole organisation are important when involving volunteers • Who can and can’t volunteer • Where and how to find out more Getting People Involved
  3. 3. Getting People Involved Match these laws with the part that affects us as volunteer managers?
  4. 4. Getting People Involved
  5. 5. Getting People Involved Getting People Involved
  6. 6. Common legal issues affecting volunteers: How can you manage them? The Legislation Which part affects us as volunteer managers? Things to do/avoid National Minimum Wage Act 1998 If volunteers are seen to be employees, organisation may owe wages. Jobseeker’s Allowance regulations 2002 Volunteers need to be available for work when claiming certain benefits – within one week, and to interview within 48 hrs. Health and Safety at Work act 1974 Those not employees but affected by organisations’ activities should be given information by organisation about health and safety. Common Law ‘Duty of Care’ A duty to take reasonable care to avoid causing harm to others: so organisations have this duty towards volunteers Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 Criminal offence to employ a person who does not have the right to work in the UK Getting People Involved
  7. 7. A volunteer… • Has no employment rights • Does not receive ‘consideration’ • Has no obligation to continue – and the organisation has no obligation to provide a role • A contract has not been created: verbally, in writing, in practice, with express or implied terms Getting People Involved
  8. 8. What can create a contract? • An obligation to continue • An obligation to certain working hours • Payment – money or perks • References to employment– grievance procedures, leave requests etc Getting People Involved
  9. 9. A Volunteer Agreement: • Sets out what the organisation intends to do; and what it expects from volunteers • A number of brief statements about responsibilities • Short document (not too much detail) • Enables volunteer and organisation to be clear about roles • Acts as a reference point for good practice • Doesn’t need to be signed. Getting People Involved
  10. 10. Reaching Agreement Together • Share legal information with the whole organisation: all communication matters • Agreement is a process: part of a set of documents involving all staff and volunteers • Focus on expectations, responsibilities, and hopes of both parties • Make sure normal practice doesn’t contradict the agreement Getting People Involved
  11. 11. Who Can Volunteer? • A ten year old? • Someone receiving incapacity benefit? • Someone receiving Jobseekers Allowance? • Someone seeking asylum in the UK? • Someone visiting the UK from outside Europe with a visitor visa? • Someone with a student visa studying in the UK? Getting People Involved
  12. 12. Getting People Involved Just one of that list can’t volunteer. Book in to the ‘Who Can Volunteer’ workshop to find out more.
  13. 13. YOU can volunteer! • Family Volunteering Opportunities: activity days, tasks that adults can dip in and out of • Clarify situation: for staff, within your policies, in your publicity and adverts • Develop both informal and formal ways of being involved • Focus on reducing the (already low) risk of mistakes, while encouraging all comers Getting People Involved
  14. 14. While receiving a state benefit: “There are no limits on the amount of time you can volunteer for, nor any restrictions on the types of organisation you can volunteer for. The only requirement is that you continue to meet the conditions of the benefit or tax credit you are receiving.” While seeking Asylum: “Asylum seekers are allowed to volunteer. as long as they are carrying out the work on behalf of a registered charity, voluntary organisation or body that raises funds for either. Recently UPDATED Getting People Involved
  15. 15. Volunteers and Employment Law and Who Can Volunteer • Two sessions part of a series for anyone who manages or coordinates volunteers. • Find out more, including a free pdf and free online intro at This and other courses/facilitation for your organisation or group. Getting People Involved