1st Five and Next Steps: Volunteer Policy
It is important to think about the role of Volunteers and Volunteering activity in your organisation. In these modules we consider the role of a volunteer policy, how to write one and how we ensure that a consistent approach is taken within your organisation.
Journal: Write a list of who in your organisation would you consider a volunteer champion. How would you expand this list?
You need key people within the organisation to support the idea of working with volunteers, including at least one at a very senior level.
Journal: How can you ensure that your organisation’s approach to volunteers is consistent? Are there documents or individuals that could help?
The essential role of a policy is to codify the organisational approach and ensure consistency. It can contain the organisational ethos as well as templates and examples.
Journal: Does your organisation have any existing policies that would apply to volunteers? Write a list of what these are.
Some staff policies may apply to volunteers, such as expenses, equal opportunities, or data protection, but these might need amending to reflect non-contractual and inclusive language.
Some policies will definitely not apply to volunteers as they specifically refer to paid employee terms and conditions.
These websites may also be useful:
There are some online resources about writing a volunteer policy, which you may find useful: