Volunteer Policy

1.  Introduction

Lostock Community Partnership exists to involve more people more effectively in volunteering to help solve real problems and enrich communities.

It does this by:

  • Working with volunteer involving organisations to improve the diversity and quality of volunteer placements.
  • Providing potential volunteers with the means to access volunteering opportunities.
  • Helping people who might otherwise have found themselves excluded to take part in their communities.

Lostock Community Partnership is committed to involving volunteers directly within the organisation to:

  • Contribute to the delivery of our services
  • Form our board of management
  • Make sure we are responsive to the needs of our users.
  • Provide different skills and perspectives.
  • Offer opportunities for participation by people who might otherwise be excluded.

This volunteer policy sets out the principles and practice by which we involve volunteers.

2.  Principles

Lostock Community Partnership

  • Recognises that voluntary work brings benefits to volunteers themselves and to service users
  • Will ensure that volunteers are properly integrated into the organisational structure and that mechanisms are in place for them to contribute to the partnerships work
  • Recognises that volunteers require satisfying work and personal development and will seek to help volunteers meet these needs, as well as providing the training for them to do their work effectively.
  • Will endeavour to involve volunteers from a wide range of backgrounds and abilities and ensure our volunteering opportunities are as accessible as possible

People interested in becoming volunteers with Lostock Community Partnership will be invited for an informal talk with the appropriate contact person.  They will be given information on the aims, ethos and objectives of the work of Lostock Community Partnership

3.  Training

Volunteers will be offered training appropriate to the specific tasks to be undertaken.

4. The Volunteer’s Voice

Volunteers will be consulted in decisions which affect them Lostock Community Partnership is committed to developing consultation and representational procedures for volunteers.

5. Records

Minimum records will be kept on volunteers, these will include:

  • Name & contact details
  • Details of any specific training or skills e.g. First Aid, Food Handling Certificate
  • Details of enhanced CRB clearance for those working in direct contact with children , young people or vulnerable adults

6.  Expenses

Lostock Community Partnership will ensure that there is a clear and accessible system to enable volunteers to claim out of pocket expenses.

7.Health and Safety

Lostock Community Partnership will take all reasonably practicable steps to ensure the volunteers’ health, safety and welfare whilst volunteering in the community

8.  Equal Opportunities

Volunteers will work in accordance with Lostock Community Partnerships, ethos of treating everybody with respect, promoting equality of opportunity and will prevent discrimination on any grounds.

This policy will be reviewed annually.

Signed on behalf of Lostock Community Partnership

Maureen Reilly