The Management Committee is ultimately responsible for ensuring that these obligations are met. By so doing, they will help to safeguard, not only these vulnerable groups, but also the organisation, its staff and its volunteers.
The obligations placed on organisations are designed to ensure that they:
a) recruit suitable people to care for children, young people and adults at risk; and
b) operate on the basis of good practice policies and procedures in order to minimise the risk of harm to those in their care.
The Volunteers and Insurance information sheet from Volunteer Now explores what insurance cover organisations should have in place in relation to volunteers and their activities.
The Volunteers and the Law information sheet from Volunteer Now covers:
This Volunteers and Expenses information sheet from Volunteer Now provides practical information and advice regarding what is best practice in reimbursing volunteer expenses and how to set up a working system for this. It addresses questions and concerns regarding:
The Involving Volunteers section of the Volunteer Now website contains practical advice, tools and pro forma documents for use by organisations who wish to recruit volunteers. Developed by Volunteer Now.
The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland has available on their website a number of resources regarding remuneration of trustees (i.e. management committee/board members) and reimbursement of expenses.
When involving volunteers as drivers, there are a number of issues that organisations must consider. This Volunteer Drivers information sheet from Volunteer Now looks at:
This Volunteer Policy Framework has been developed by the Volunteer Now as a tool to help organisations develop their own volunteer policy. The framework outlines the areas to be included in the policy, highlighting issues to be considered in tailoring this for your own organisation.