Do volunteers have the same rights as employees?

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  • Do volunteers have the same rights as employees?
  • Health and safety doesn’t apply to volunteers does it?
  • Do your volunteers sign a contract?
  • Are you aware how easy it is to create a contract with volunteers?

Many volunteer-involving organisations are not aware of the legal implications when working with volunteers. Our session aims to dispel myths and clarify your legal responsibilities. We also use actual case studies where volunteers have taken organisations to court, to help demonstrate bad practice when involving volunteers.

What will the session cover?

  • What a volunteer is and when someone is not a volunteer
  • Who can or cannot volunteer and conditions that may apply
  • How current legislation has implications for volunteers and volunteer involving organisations
  • Identifying volunteers’ rights and the responsibilities of organisations when involving volunteers
  • Taking steps to avoid creating employment conditions with volunteers
  • Evaluating a legal case study and discuss the likely outcome


We suggest arrival from 09:00 for a prompt start at 09:15-09:30. We estimate we will be finished by 13:30.

We will also give you

  • resource CD with lots of sample documents/information sheets etc
  • copy of Volunteer Management Good Practice Toolkit
  • ongoing support from the Volunteer Centre

Cost for this training

There is a charge of £10 per person for this training, which includes training materials, resource CD and tea/coffee. Dudley groups attract a discount. Unfortunately we need to make a small charge to cover room hire and refreshments and hope you understand. We have endeavoured to keep this to a minimum.



URGENT- Big Lottery Youth Investment Fund for Dudley VCO’s

Dudley (CYPF) Network

Eligibility criteria
We will only fund applications from VCSE youth organisations and VCSE led partnerships
that provide frontline, open access youth services that can demonstrate:
 You/your partners have the commitment, capacity and resources to manage an
investment of this scale, (Total grant £150,000 – £750,000).
 That a significant proportion of you/your partner’s beneficiaries are young people.
We consider young people to be those who are 10 – 18 years old (10 – 25 years with
a disability or special educational needs). All of your youth beneficiaries should be
located in the targeted areas.
 You/your partners have an evidenced track record in delivering frontline services
with and for young people.
 You/your partners are based in or be able to demonstrate strong links to the
community you intend to support.
 You have at least three unrelated people on the organisation’s governing body.
We anticipate making the first…

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The Volunteer Periphery

This is a really tricky area which you’ve covered really well. There’s a fine line between keeping in casual contact and stalking isn’t there. Love your blogs and they always get the grey matter flowing 🙂


The Volunteer Periphery Sea of peripheral volunteers

I have a friend who never seems to see the people around him. He lets the door swing shut just as an elderly man is about to walk through and he never sees the mom carrying a baby needing to get by as he blocks the aisle in the store. It’s as though he has no peripheral vision. It got me to thinking about managers of volunteers and how we develop our peripheral vision to the point of hyper awareness.

You know what I mean. You’re the kind of person who:

counts the number of people behind you in the buffet line at a friend’s party and then you mentally divide up the pasta portions in the pan to make sure that you don’t take more than your share.

looks around at a concert, sizing up the height of the crowd and then squeezes into a…

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