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Thinking of volunteering?

Are you thinking about getting involved and becoming a volunteer?  Why not download our Step by Step Guide to Volunteering.  This will give you a good insight into volunteering.

Volunteers Expectations Charter for Effective Volunteering

  • To know if, and how, they are being selected
  • To be given meaningful work to do
  • To know what is expected from them
  • To be offered appropriate training
  • To be thanked and have their voluntary contribution recognised
  • To receive supervision and support
  • To get something out of the work for themselves
  • To know who to go to if there is a problem
  • To be reimbursed for out-of-pocket expenses incurred when volunteering
  • To make mistakes and learn from them
  • To be made aware of any disciplinary and grievance procedures
  • To be treated fairly and not to experience discrimination
  • To have safe working conditions, including insurance cover
  • To be informed about, and given the opportunity to play an active part in, the organisation as a whole
  • To be able to say 'no' and to leave without feeling guilty

Volunteers should ...

  • Respect the values and aims of the organisation
  • Be committed
  • Be reliable and give the organisation sufficient warning if unable to turn up
  • Be punctual
  • Attend essential training and support sessions
  • Undertake the work to a high standard
  • Be honest if there are problems
  • Respect confidentiality
  • Leave when asked and/or when no longer enjoying the volunteering experience

Organisations Expectations

  • To ensure the volunteering experience is a rewarding one
  • To ensure equal access and not to discriminate
  • To define clear, meaningful roles for volunteers
  • To have policies and procedures for volunteers
  • To provide all necessary information to volunteers
  • To be available for volunteers
  • To provide training where necessary
  • To thank and value volunteers
  • To provide insurance cover
  • To inform volunteers of any legal liabilities
  • To supervise and to provide support
  • To reimburse out-of-pocket expenses
  • To provide a safe working environment

Organisations should ...

  • Look for certain qualities and skills in volunteers
  • Select only volunteers who are suitable for the work
  • Draw up a volunteer agreement
  • Ask for tasks to be done in a particular way
  • Ask for commitment
  • Ask for reliability
  • Ask for punctuality
  • Deal with disciplinary and grievance matters
  • Ask volunteers to leave if their involvement hinders the organisation achieving its goals

Source: Volunteering Ireland

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