Principles of the Charter
In signing up to Glasgow’s Volunteering Charter, your organisation is making a commitment to the following values and principles:
- Freedom and Choice – everyone should be free to choose to volunteer their time, energy and skills for the benefit of their community – without compulsion and without any unreasonable restrictions.
- Mutual benefit – Every opportunity will identify how people will benefit from their participation in volunteering, and how their role will contribute both to the organisation and to wider community social objectives.
- Volunteering and Paid Employment – We recognise that huge areas of activity in society are entirely reliant on people’s volunteering efforts. Increasing volunteering opportunities need not – and should not – detract from efforts to increase employment opportunities. In designing and developing appropriate volunteering opportunities in the context of policies such as public service reform and community empowerment, we will use a clear set of values and principles including those contained in the 2010 joint STUC/Volunteer Scotland “Charter for Strengthening Relations Between Paid Staff and Volunteers” which is available here for download (PDF document, 44kb).
- Inclusion – Volunteer involving organisations will actively seek to make opportunities as accessible as possible, and will monitor the diversity of their volunteers.
- Out of pocket expenses – People should not be financially disadvantaged by volunteering.
- Collaboration – Both volunteers and paid staff should contribute to development of volunteering policies and procedures, co-designing and production of new roles and opportunities too!
- Appropriate resourcing – Organisations will plan and budget effectively for volunteers’ support, out-of-pocket expenses, training/development, inclusion, and recognition.
- Support – people volunteering will be provided with support appropriate to their role and needs.
- Quality – organisations will develop volunteer management processes and practice that support a positive, high quality experience.
- Healthy Environment – People that are volunteering have a right to a safe, secure and healthy environment, free from harassment and discrimination; and to a clear mechanism for the resolution of any concerns/disputes.
- Recognition – The contribution of people volunteering and the value they bring to communities and services will be publicly recognised and celebrated.