Once you have decided to welcome volunteers into your setting on a regular basis, it is a good idea to develop a volunteer policy. This could include information about how you recruit, train and manage volunteers, and health and safety considerations. As you are thinking about your volunteer policy, it may be useful to make sure you are aware of the legal status of volunteers. Remember, volunteers should never be used to replace staff. More information about writing a volunteer policy can be found in the ‘further resources’ section below.
You should also consider whether you will need a volunteer handbook. This is a reference guide for volunteers which should include basic information about your setting and practical information about being a volunteer. More information about writing a volunteer handbook can be found below.
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