NCVO released a Time Well Spent report based on a national survey of more than 10,000 people on the volunteer experience, regardless of how the volunteer is involved, the charity must ensure, where possible, that the volunteer does not become an employee of the charity. In this context, it is important that it does not provide actual payment or benefits to the volunteer beyond the reimbursement of its expenses and that it engages the volunteer only by a written agreement. The agreement (which is a form of guidance and not a contract) should define what the charity and volunteers expect from each other and should be drafted in such a way as to minimize the risk of it being an employment contract. The agreement was developed to meet these requirements. Typically in an agreement that could engage an organization: what one would expect from volunteers as part of an agreement, the National Council of Voluntary Organizations (NCVO) has information on the legal status of volunteers. Some organizations have willingly signed contracts. In such cases, it is doubly important to ensure that it is clear that the agreement is binding only in honour. Otherwise, it would be a reasonable question: if you do not intend to use it as a binding document, why do you need signatures? However, if the charity is large enough or has more than a few volunteers, or if a volunteer regularly volunteers week-to-week and the charity simply uses a longer form of agreement, the accompanying Long Charity Volunteer`s Agreement will be more appropriate in this sub-file. „This contract is not intended as a legally binding contract between us and can be terminated at any time at the full discretion of one of the parties. None of us intend to create a working relationship today or at any time in the future. Organizations should be aware of the risk of an accidental employment contract with volunteers. However, this risk can be minimized by using the best practices described below: Find out how volunteering can help you find paid work.
To avoid creating something similar to an employment contract, it is proposed that the following wording be included in each agreement: many organizations choose to use a formal document as a means of recording expectations and any obligation agreed between them and a volunteer. If used, it should be a two-way agreement detailing what each party can expect from the other. It is often referred to as „rights and responsibilities” or „hopes and expectations.” The agreement is not a treaty and it is not legally binding and care must be taken not to involve it. There are arguments both for and against the application of a voluntary agreement and no recommendations are made. This agreement is only an honour. It is not a legally binding contract and either [ORGANISATION] or the volunteer can terminate the contract at any time. Volunteers are an important and valued part of [ORGANISATION]. We are pleased that you have decided to voluntarily commit to us. We will do our best to make your volunteer experience enjoyable and rewarding.