Volunteer Rights

All volunteers have rights and responsibilities so check out the policy of the organisation you choose. We have put together some general guidelines for you.

As a volunteer you have the following rights:
  • To know if, and how, you are being selected for a volunteering role.
  • To be provided with a description of the volunteering role and what is expected.
  • To be given meaningful work to do.
  • To be offered appropriate training.
  • To be thanked and have your contribution recognised
  • To confidentiality- your records and references will remain confidential.
  • To receive supervision and support.
  • To get something out of the work for yourself as per your own aims and objectives.
  • To know who to go to should a problem arise.
  • To have concerns or questions dealt with promptly.
  • To be given reasonable notice if there is a change of schedule.
  • To make mistakes and learn from them.
  • To be supported by your colleagues
  • To be treated fairly, with dignity and respect, and not to experience discrimination.
  • To have safe working conditions, including insurance cover provided by the volunteer project.
  • To be informed about, and given the opportunity to play an active part in the organisation you serve.
  • Where possible to have out-of-pocket expenses reimbursed.
  • To be able to say 'no' and to leave without feeling guilty.
This information above is adapted from Volunteering Ireland's Charter for Effective Volunteering.

As a volunteer you have the following responsibilities
  • To be honest in all your dealings with the organisation you serve.
  • To ensure you have information needed to so that you make the right volunteering choice.
  • Respect the values, aims, staff and clients of the volunteer organisation.
  • To carry out the prescribed volunteer duties to the best of your ability.
  • To comply with relevant policies of the volunteer project e.g. Code of Conduct, Health & Safety etc.
  • To adopt a professional approach and maintain appropriate boundaries with any client groups.
  • To be punctual and reliable and give the organisation sufficient warning if unable to turn up.
  • To attend essential training and support sessions.
  • To respect the confidentiality of the volunteer project and associated persons.
  • To ask for guidance if you are unsure of any aspect of your volunteering role.
  • To inform the volunteer project manager or supervisor if there is a problem.
  • To give advance notice to the volunteer project if you intend to leave the project.
This information above is adapted from Volunteering Ireland's Charter for Effective Volunteering.