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.