Post | May 2024 | 1 min read

What is the Volunteer Charter?

Written by Ethel Mendius

One benefit of volunteering is that it offers an opportunity to make an impact without the stress or commitment that comes with employment.

To ensure volunteering lives up to these standards, Volunteer Scotland has set out a Volunteer Charter identifying ten key principles for organisations to follow. These principles relate to:

  • Ensuring volunteering is voluntary, not compulsory
  • Covering out-of-pocket expenses to keep volunteering accessible for all
  • Offering training and development opportunities to volunteers
  • Maintaining a clear distinction between paid staff and volunteers

Individuals and organisations across sectors with an interest in volunteering are invited to become Charter Champions, signalling their commitment to these values. You can find other advice about volunteering best practices at Third Sector PK.

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