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A Volunteer Policy will give an overall framework for volunteer involvement in your organisation. It will refer to any other policies that include volunteers, bringing it all together in one document.
Having a policy demonstrates -
Unity - helps ensure that paid staff and trustees fully understand why volunteers are involved and what role they play in the organisation
Once a draft is written consult widely within the organisation to get different peoples views
The following areas will form the basis of your policy. The questions are included as a guide to help you think about what to include in each section
Why do we involve volunteers in our work?
What values or principles is this based on?
How and where will we advertise opportunities?
What recruitment methods will we use (application forms, interviews etc)?
What will we do if someone is unsuitable for the role?
How and when will references be taken up?
What roles if any will require CRB checks?
How are volunteers welcomed into the organisation?
What information are they given?
What training if any is essential to the role?
What opportunities to develop skills will volunteers have?
What expenses will be covered?
What support and/or supervision is available?
How frequently will it take place?
What is the level of cover?
Are there any boundaries (age, location etc)
Are volunteers covered by your organisations equal opportunities policy?
What does this mean for volunteers?
How are you exercising your legal Duty of Care to volunteers?
How is information regarding Health and Safety communicated to volunteers?
What processes are available to enable volunteers to raise issues they are concerned about?
How are any problems with the work of volunteers addressed?
What is required of volunteers?
How are volunteers protected?