Volunteer opportunities, rights and expenses

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Volunteers' rights

You do not have a contract of employment as a volunteer, so you do not have the same rights as an employee or worker.

You will usually be given a volunteer agreement that explains:

  • the level of supervision and support you’ll get
  • what training you’ll get
  • whether you’re covered under the organisation’s employer or public liability insurance
  • health and safety issues
  • any expenses the organisation will cover

The volunteer agreement is not compulsory, but sets out what you can expect from the organisation you’re volunteering for. It does not form a contract between you and the organisation.

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) has information on volunteers’ legal status.