Seeking volunteers for your charity?
The normal methods of recruitment will be :
- word of mouth
- personal recommendation
- advertising in national or local press
Make Criminal records checks
The DBS will search police records to identify people who are unsuitable for certain types of work, especially work involving children and vulnerable adults.
Legal status of volunteers
Your charity could get into legal difficulties if you don’t clearly distinguish between its paid employees and volunteers. You do not have a contract of employment as a volunteer, so you do not have the same rights as an employee or worker.
A written role description for your volunteers can help make it clear what the expectations are.
Expenses for volunteers
Volunteers will not be paid for their time but would normally be paid for any out-of-pocket expenses. These expenses could include:
- postage and telephone costs if working from home
- essential equipment, such as protective clothing
Volunteers should provide receipts for any expenses they incur.
If a volunteer receives any type of reward or payment other than expenses, they may see this as a salary and they could be classed as an employee or worker. This then gives them some employment rights.
Insurance to cover volunteers
It is important to have adequate insurance cover for your charity.
Check whether your insurance policy:
- includes volunteers
- covers the activities volunteers will be doing
- states any age limits for volunteers