UPDATE: This course is now included in the LIVE ONLINE training: “Who Can Volunteer: Age, Immigration and Welfare Conundrums”
If you’ve joined me for training around Volunteers and the Law in the last couple of years, you’ll possibly remember a discussion around where exactly Asylum Seekers are allowed to volunteer. You may remember me explaining the odd nature of the law – only in a charity, nothing public sector, no NHS. “But what about a children’s centre?” Some people asked. Or… “We’re a social enterprise?” And then my guarded response… weigh up the facts, and the risks for your organisation, and maybe think about disregarding these guidelines. Or at the very least signpost your volunteer somewhere else.
Well now you don’t have to pick your way through these decisions. After a huge amount of effort and public support – ‘ongoing badgering’ as Fiona Liddell puts it! by Refugee Action and others, Asylum Seekers now have the right to volunteer in any organisation. You can also volunteer if you have had your asylum claim refused. This is great news and evidence that campaigning works. Maybe we could move our thoughts now to benefit sanctions and mandatory work activity – undermining the nature and the positive effects of volunteering and creating sick individuals and communities.
I’ve updated my slides, and share Here… this example includes some other info too about creating contracts and the common law duty of care.
Please get in touch if you’d like more info or would like to collaborate on campaigns around the blurring of the edges of volunteering.