Rights & Responsibilities of the Volunteer

Rights & Responsibilities of the Volunteer

Your Responsibilities as a Volunteer:

  • To be punctual and respectful of others.
  • To undertake any training you might need to carry out your volunteer tasks safely.
  • Contact the agency if you are unable to attend a designated shift.
  • Observe safety requirements.
  • To be loyal to the agency.
  • Respect and maintain privacy and confidentiality.
  • Work your agreed hours/days.
  • To accept directions given.
  • To speak up regarding important issues or concerns.
  • To comply with the legal and organisational requirements of your volunteer position.

Volunteers have the RIGHT to:

  • Worthwhile and stimulating activities, using any special skills they may have.
  • Choice regarding the activities they participate in – to be able to say NO if they are uncomfortable with the task assigned.
  • Be provided with orientation that will help them understand the agency and type of work they will do.
  • Receive adequate training, support and supervision to enable them to do their job effectively
  • Be given feedback.
  • Be recognized for their contribution.
  • Be protected by adequate insurance.
  • Work in healthy and safe environment.
  • Have authorized out-of-pocket expenses reimbursed.

Definitions and principals of Volunteering:

  • Volunteering benefits the community and the volunteer.
  • Volunteering is unpaid work.
  • Volunteering is always a matter of choice.
  • Volunteering is a legitimate way in which citizens can participate in the activities of their community.
  • Volunteering is a vehicle for individuals or groups to address human, environmental or social needs.
  • Volunteering is an activity performed in the not-for-profit sector ONLY.
  • Volunteering promotes human rights and equality.