Little Village Camden
Little Village Wandsworth
Little Village HQ, St Mark's Church,
53 Rowfont Road, London, SW17 7AP
Little Village exists:
In line with this mission Little Village seeks to involve volunteers to:
This Volunteering Policy is underpinned by the following principles:
The following guidelines deal with practical aspects of the involvement of volunteers:
Recruitment of volunteers will generally be from all sections of the community, and will be in line with the Little Village Equal Opportunities Policy. Positive action in recruitment may be used where appropriate.
All prospective volunteers will be asked to complete a simple registration form appropriate to the role they are applying for and will be interviewed to find out what they would like to do, their skills, suitability and how best their potential might be realised.
Every volunteer role will undergo a risk assessment. For volunteer roles which involve ‘regulated work’ such as care giving and/or sustained and direct contact with children or vulnerable adults, volunteers will be subject to an Enhanced DBS Check. Little Village has a legal obligation to ensure that volunteers are not barred from working with children or vulnerable groups. This information will be dealt with in the strictest confidence and will not necessarily prejudice the person being accepted for voluntary work.
Each volunteer will have a volunteer agreement establishing what Little Village undertakes to provide them. In addition, they will agree to a written outline of the specific work they will be undertaking. Neither of these documents is a contract; Little Village has no intention of creating a contract with any volunteers.
All volunteers will receive an induction into Little Village and their own area of work. Training will be provided as appropriate. Where possible volunteers will be entitled to receive additional training on the same basis as paid staff.
All volunteers will have a named person as their main point of contact. They will be provided with regular supervision to feed back on progress, discuss future development and air any problems.
Volunteers are encouraged to express their views about matters concerning Little Village and its work.
All volunteers are covered by Little Village’s insurance policy whilst they are on the premises or engaged in any work on Little Village’s behalf.
We value our volunteers and want to ensure that there are no barriers to volunteer involvement. Out-of-pocket expenses, if required, will be reimbursed, including expenses for travel. In order to claim expenses, an expenses form must be completed and submitted to the local Operating Committee.
Volunteers are covered by, and subject to, Little Village’s Health and Safety Policy, a copy of which is on Little Village’s website.
Little Village operates an equal opportunities policy in respect of both paid staff and volunteers. A copy is on Little Village’s website. Volunteers will be expected to have an understanding of and commitment to our equal opportunities policy.
Little Village will help deal with grievances that volunteers may have in line with its published Complaints Procedure. In line with this policy volunteers have the right to discuss any concerns they may have with their named contact at any time.
Volunteers will be bound by the same requirements for confidentiality as paid staff.
All information provided in the conflict of interest forms will be processed and observed within the principles and guidelines laid out in General Data Protection Regulation.