Volunteer Rights Inquiry

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There is growing interest in the subject of volunteer ‘rights’, especially in whether volunteers should have formal legal rights like employees do (volunteers currently don’t have such rights) and/or how could volunteers have better opportunities to seek redress if they think they have been treated unfairly.

Volunteering England has created an independent Volunteer Rights Inquiry which will explore these issues in more detail and look at the pros and cons of possible solutions.

The Inquiry wants to hear from a wide range of people and is especially keen to hear of specific examples & experiences of good and bad practice as well as more general thoughts and opinions. For example, you might want to tell us whether you think legal rights should exist for volunteers, or what the problems with this may be; what you think volunteers should be able to do if they feel they’ve been treated unfairly, or examples of where such situations have been particularly well handled; and how things could be changed or improved to avoid such problems in the first place.

Please complete the inquiry form here.

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