Volunteers quite simply make up the lifeblood of FAVORUK.
Volunteering can be a very rewarding experience, where you get the opportunity to learn new skills, make new friends and support other recovering people.
We are always looking for volunteers who can help us with:
provide counselling, run our social media , fundraising, help us with our publicity, support our campaigning & advocacy, IT & website development, help with admin in the office basically we use volunteers skills & place them where needed & we always need help…. we even need a volunteers, volunteer coordianter, so if you think you can help
let us know what skill you have & where you want to help.
Full training is provided for all areas except counselling, where we ask that volunteers are either fully qualified or working towards qualification on an accredited training course.
Please note that all volunteer roles are subject to a Disclosure & Barring Service check (DBS; formerly known as Criminal Records Bureau or CRB checks) and that due to the nature of our work we do this throughly.
FAVOR UK aims to: help all volunteers make a vital contribution to our aims. We recognise the added value that volunteers bring to our organisation and those who use our services. Volunteer involvement in this organisation does not replace or devalue the role of paid staff.
Within FAVOUR UK volunteers are involved in:
FAVOR UK aims to have a reciprocal and mutually beneficial relationship with our volunteers; with their involvement informing and developing our work, and our work enabling individuals to learn skills and achieve personal development through their volunteering.
The involvement of volunteers will be guided by the following principles of good practice:
By adopting this policy FAVOR UK aims to:
This policy provides an overview of the activities carried out by volunteers currently and provides a basis for the expansion, if required, for the role of volunteers alongside paid staff. This document and the associated policy, procedures and guidance provide a framework for the involvement of volunteers.
FAVOR UK will adhere to its equalities and diversity policy when recruiting and selecting volunteers. All potential volunteers will be asked to complete a volunteer’s application/registration form. Written task descriptions will outline time, commitment, necessary skills and actual duties. Where there is specific training required this will be highlighted as part of the recruitment process. Where there is a requirement for a Disclosure Check this will be highlighted as part of the recruitment process. All volunteers will be required to provide 2 references. Where individuals cannot be placed we will endeavour to refer them to another agency who can support them to find a volunteering opportunity.
Support and Supervision
Once placed, we will expect volunteers to comply with existing policies and procedures. All volunteers are covered under FAVOUR UK Public Liability Insurance.
All volunteers will have an induction to their volunteering which will involve an overview of the relevant policies and procedures. Following Induction, volunteers will have regular support and supervision meetings with a named contact to identify areas for development, or to discuss any issues. A record of these discussions will be held as part of the individual volunteer’s records. Volunteers can have access to their records at any time.
Volunteers will be able to claim reasonable expenses for their volunteering in line with the Expenses Policy. Volunteers should discuss any planned expenditure prior to incurring this expenses to ensure that it will be covered by the organisation.
Where volunteers have holidays or other commitments which mean that they cannot attend their normal volunteering, they should advise their named contact to ensure that we can arrange alternative cover. If volunteers require a longer break from their volunteering, they should discuss this with their named contact. FAVOR UK will endeavour to be as flexible as possible to accommodate the needs of volunteers.
Volunteers can access learning and development opportunities which are relevant to their volunteering role throughout their time with FAVOR UK Opportunities for Learning and Development will form part of the discussions at support and supervision sessions.
Where a concern is highlighted – either by a volunteer or about a volunteer, this will be dealt with using the organisation’s Disciplinary, Grievance and Dismissal Policy.
Overall responsibility for the implementations, monitoring and review of the policy and procedures lies with the . Implementation and adherence to this policy is the responsibility of all staff and volunteers within the organisation.
FAVOR | Charity Number SC043961