Volunteers' Rights

  • To know if, and how, they are being selected
  • To be given meaningful work to do
  • To know what is expected from them
  • To be offered appropriate training
  • To be thanked and have their voluntary contribution recognised
  • To receive supervision and support
  • To get something out of the work for themselves
  • To know who to go to if there is a problem
  • To be reimbursed for out-of-pocket expenses incurred when volunteering where ever possible
  • To make mistakes and learn from them
  • To be made aware of any disciplinary and grievance procedures
  • To be treated fairly and not to experience discrimination
  • To have safe working conditions, including insurance cover
  • To be informed about, and given the opportunity to play an active part in, the organisation as a whole
  • To be able to say 'no' and to leave without feeling guilty

Reprinted with kind permission of Volunteering Ireland

Dept. of Housing, Planning, Community & Local Government