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Date(s) - 19th Sep
10:00 am - 4:15 pm

St John's Church


Course Cost

The course costs £40 to members of TVA and £55 to non-members including lunch.

If you would like to become a member of TVA download the membership pack here Membership Pack 2019-20

Course Outline

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.

Course Aims

  • Understand 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

  • 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
  • Insurance
  • Safeguarding
  • Data Protection
  • Copyright
  • Specific Volunteering
  • Young Volunteers and Adults at Risk
  • Ex-offenders
  • Volunteer on State Benefits
  • Volunteers from Oversees
  • Volunteer Drivers
  • Fundraisers
  • Trustees, Directors, Committees

Course Tutor – Matthew Plumridge

The course will be run by Matthew Plumridge who has worked in the not-for-profit and charitable sector for over 25 years in roles such as volunteer co-ordinator, project manager and Board member working with small, medium and large UK and international charities. He is a former Trustee of Volunteering England, Disability Initiative, Toc H and Positive Action (an HIV Charity).  Matthew has interviewed over 5,000 prospective volunteers in his time, managed two volunteer centres in Surrey and managed 2,500 volunteers on 60 + community projects

Course Duration

Up to 6.25 hours 10am to 4:15 pm including breaks and 45 minutes for lunch which will be provided.

These courses are in demand so book early to ensure that you have a place!


Ticket Type Price Spaces
Non-Member Ticket £55.00
TVA Member Ticket £40.00

Contact Us

Phone: 01883 722593

Email: info@tva.org.uk

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