Latest News & Events18th January 2018
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Many organisations choose to use a formal document as a means of recording expectations and any agreed commitment between themselves and a volunteer. If used, it should be a two way agreement, detailing what each party can expect of the other. Often this is phrased in terms of “rights and responsibilities” or “hopes and expectations”.
The agreement is not a contract, neither is it legally binding and care should be taken not to imply either. There are arguments both for and against using a Volunteer Agreement and no recommendation is being made.
In their publication “Volunteers and the Law”, Volunteering England suggest the following wording is used -
“This agreement is not intended to be a legally binding contract between us and may be cancelled at any time at the discretion of either party. Neither of us intend any employment relationship to be created either now or at any time in the future.”
Some organisations like to have signed agreements. In such cases it is doubly important to ensure that it is clear that the agreement is intended to be binding in honour only. Otherwise it would be a reasonable question to ask: if you do not intend it to be a binding document, then why do you need signatures?