Volunteers and the law May 2020

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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 have contracts?

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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

As there’s quite a lot of ‘heavy’ information, we deliver the session in sections and there are activities to break up the training, so it’s not all ‘death by Powerpoint’


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

We will also give you

  • links to an online resource library of documents and information
  • links to download our Volunteer Management Toolkit
  • ongoing support from the Volunteer Centre

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