Volunteering and the Law 

The legal aspects of working with volunteers is wide ranging and relatively complex.  A lack of relevant knowledge can lead to simple mistakes being made which could have significant consequences for your organisation.  This course helps you to review certain aspects of volunteering in order to reduce your potential risks.  We run this as a 1 day course (Day 1 only), or 1.5 day course (Day 1 & 2) depending on your needs.

Course Aims

  • Determine the legal status of volunteers
  • Recognise ways to reduce associated risks and potential legal challenges
  • Develop good volunteering practice specific to your organisation

Course Objectives

  • Identify a definition of volunteering (Compact Code and Government wording)
  • Compare the status of volunteers to employment and identify the difference in 'rights'
  • Establish common organisational safety and security requirements
  • Review basic guidelines when using specific types of volunteers i.e. from overseas, asylum seekers, the young etc

Course Programme - Day 1 (full day)

  • Volunteers and employment rights
           Definition of Volunteering
           Volunteer status (reducing risks)
           Contract / agreement
           Job description / role description
           Payments / perks / benefits
           Case Studies

  • Safety & Security
           Duty of Care
           Health & Safety
           Data Protection

Course Programme - Day 2 (half day)

Specific Volunteering
  • Young Volunteers and Adults at Risk
  • Ex-offenders
  • Volunteer on State Benefits
  • Volunteers from Oversees
  • Volunteer Drivers
  • Fundraisers
  • Trustees, Directors, Committees
Information given throughout the courses whether that be by conversation, discussion, materials or handouts is information in the public domain and does not constitute legal opinion.  Any information is given as a general overview only.  If you have any specific legal issues that cannot be answered within the course, then you will need to seek legal advice from elsewhere.

Course Duration

Day 1 - Up to 6.25 hours (i.e. 10am to 4:15 pm) including breaks and 45 minutes for lunch
Day 2 - Up to 3 hours (i.e. 10am to 1pm) including a 15 minute break
VOL 7a
VOL 7b

Course Fees



Cost includes:  
Course delivery, training materials, handouts, evaluations and certificates for up to 16 participants.  
NB: Additional travel costs may apply for any booking over 80 miles and may be invoiced separately, charged at 45p per mile for car use and / or actual costs of alternative methods of travel.  Accommodation costs will be based on individual hotel bookings and will include reasonable subsistence costs dependent on location conditions, applicable at the time.

Your training programme has changed the way we work with volunteers throughout our organisation and it's really working for us 

 - Chief Executive (Hospice)

Interesting and valuable approach, great tone to ensure importance is received and understood with clear and concise language plus good energy

          - Area Manager

It makes such a difference being trained by someone who is knowledgeable, interesting and enthusiastic

- Volunteer Manager

I thought Matthew was a brilliant trainer with full and informative knowledge of the course he was teaching.  Fab day and I learnt a lot about myself 

            - Course Participant

Able to bring knowledge and experience to discussions encouraging group engagement.  Covered lots of content.
 - Volunteer Mananger
Found it very useful and thought provoking.  Good to consider a range of challenges and demands on volunteer managers across the sector.

           - Volunteer Manager

Our trainers come from a variety of backgrounds, therefore we can facilitate courses beyond our current prospectus.

For all enquiries, do please call us on:  01483 564099 or 07866 284781

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