Guidance for Volunteers

Equity, equality and diversity

Equality and diversity – what they mean
Volunteer Scotland advises on what an inclusive and diverse voluntary organisation looks like.

Understanding the concepts: the volunteers’ perspective
Whatever your background, the organisation you volunteer for should treat you with equity and fairness, and show you how equity, diversity and inclusion relates to your role. 

Removing barriers to volunteering for disabled people
Inclusion Barnett is a peer-led deaf and disabled people’s organisation which has offered some insights in to, and practical tips for, removing barriers to people volunteering. 

A piggy bank
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Expenses

Volunteer expenses: what organisations can pay
Volunteers are not paid for their time, but can get money to cover expenses. This document explains about the different things that can be claimed.

Template expenses reimbursement policy
Volunteers should never be out of pocket as a result of their involvement. 

Expenses claim form template
Ensure volunteers are aware of how to make a monthly claim.

Volunteer expenses: what organisations can pay
Volunteers are not paid for their time, but can get money to cover expenses. This document explains about the different things that can be claimed.

Tax rules for students who volunteer
This guide is from the Low Incomes Tax Reform Group.

Expenses for volunteer drivers
This comprehensive document for organisations recruiting volunteer drivers also explains expenses (on page 6).

Volunteer roles

Community group secretary – what’s involved
An introduction to setting the agenda, taking minutes and communications.

Being a treasurer
A look at what the role requires – from bookkeeping to annual audits.

Becoming Chair – what it involves
A half-hour webinar explaining about the Chair’s role and responsibilities.

Being a trustee – what you need to know and do
Trustees have independent control over – and a legal responsibility for – a charity’s management and administration. This Government guide explains what the key duties of trustees are and what is required of them to carry out their duties competently.

The good trustee – an accessible guide
The NVCO, in conjunction with the Advocacy Project, has also produced an easy-read guide to help people with learning disabilities become charity trustees.