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Recruiting a diverse range of volunteers

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Sharon Jones of RNIB at WCVA's 2013 Volunteering Conference.

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Recruiting a diverse range of volunteers

  1. 1. Oct 1, 2013 Rhif elusen gof. 226227 Reg charity no. 226227 Recruiting a Diverse Range of Volunteers Sharon Jones & Sophie Heywood
  2. 2. Oct 1, 2013 Rhif elusen gof. 226227 Reg charity no. 226227 Agenda • Capture Expectations • Break out Session • Volunteering and legislation • Recruitment Best Practice • Q and A • Close
  3. 3. Oct 1, 2013 Rhif elusen gof. 226227 Reg charity no. 226227 Recruitment Scenarios • You have advertised a volunteer administrator role in a local office, a candidates application states that they are unable to walk and are a wheelchair user. Having viewed their application you see that they meet all the requirements of the role……
  4. 4. Oct 1, 2013 Rhif elusen gof. 226227 Reg charity no. 226227 Recruitment Scenarios 1) Would you interview them? 2) Do you think you need to ask any questions about their disability, if so, what are these questions? 3) The applicants experience suggests they are more than capable of fulfilling the role, what do you need to take into account when proceeding with their application?
  5. 5. Oct 1, 2013 Rhif elusen gof. 226227 Reg charity no. 226227 Recruitment Scenarios • You have received an application for an office based role, the applicant is partially sighted and has a guide dog. The applicant is suited for the role, however, a work colleague based in the same office has an allergy to dogs. What would you do?
  6. 6. Oct 1, 2013 Rhif elusen gof. 226227 Reg charity no. 226227 Recruitment Scenarios • You have arranged to interview a potential volunteer for a role. At the interview you learn that although the application suggest relevant experience the applicant does not have the skills you are looking for. The applicant has autism, although he considers it controlled. How will you proceed with the application?
  7. 7. Oct 1, 2013 Rhif elusen gof. 226227 Reg charity no. 226227 Volunteering and Legislation • Volunteers are not specifically covered by equality legislation. However it is morally correct for organisations to uphold the principles of equality such as:  Discrimination based on sex or gender  Discrimination based on ethnicity
  8. 8. Oct 1, 2013 Rhif elusen gof. 226227 Reg charity no. 226227 Volunteering and Legislation • There is no legal requirement for a charitable organisation to accommodate a potential volunteer who has a disability. • What a charitable organisation should consider is 'reasonable adjustments'
  9. 9. Oct 1, 2013 Rhif elusen gof. 226227 Reg charity no. 226227 What is a reasonable adjustment?  Adjusting the height of a desk or chair  Seating a volunteer in an area which allows easy access and regress from the building if required  Having a personal evacuation plan  Assigning a buddy to work alongside the volunteer  Offering enlarged print for visually impaired volunteers
  10. 10. Oct 1, 2013 Rhif elusen gof. 226227 Reg charity no. 226227 What is not a reasonable adjustment? X Undertaking building works to widen doorways X Ordering specialist equipment for example telephones or computer screens X Providing transportation arrangements to and from the volunteers workplace
  11. 11. Oct 1, 2013 Rhif elusen gof. 226227 Reg charity no. 226227 Recruitment Best Practice • Interview potential volunteers considering their suitability for the role. • You can ask questions around a disability, it is perfectly reasonable to ask if we need to make any adjustments • Always carry out a risk assessment, organisations tend to have a range of risk assessments • Carry out an additional fire risk assessment • Your applicant may not be suitable for the role you are interviewing them for, you can seek alternatives. • Consider if the volunteer will be working alone for any period of time, if so, carry out a lone working risk assessment • Have robust risk assessments in place • Provide quality training to your recruiting managers, including recruitment, ongoing management and problem solving
  12. 12. Oct 1, 2013 Rhif elusen gof. 226227 Reg charity no. 226227 Questions • Thank you for attending this workshop.

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