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An Introduction to Volunteering and the Law 


An essential session for those responsible for managing volunteers.

This informative and engaging workshop will highlight the key areas to be aware of, and tips to make sure you are adhering to your responsibilities in protecting volunteer’s rights

This course is a basic introduction to volunteering and the law. The session will help you to clarify the legal position in relation to volunteers. How do you ensure that you are supporting and developing volunteers while avoiding the risk of creating contracts and falling foul of employment law?

OCVA’s Volunteer Co-ordinator will use practical exercises, real life examples and current advice to guide you through the process of acquiring volunteers and developing volunteer agreements. There will be useful tips provided on developing an agreement that reflects the role and the volunteer’s responsibilities, without creating a contract. You will also have an opportunity to enhance your knowledge of best practice in managing volunteers to achieve these guidelines.

This is a pro-active workshop, designed to break down the complexities of these regulations and leave you feeling reassured in your responsibilities and management of volunteers.

The course will be run online using Zoom.

What will I learn?

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  • Be able to define what volunteering is
  • Know the difference between a volunteer and an employee
  • Have a clearer understanding of volunteer’s rights
  • Know the difference between a contract versus an agreement
  • Have an awareness of other regulations that you may need to consider when recruiting & managing volunteers.

Trainer Profile

Tariq Khandoker is the Development Officer / Volunteer Centre Coordinator at OCVA. He has previously worked in the North of England with a number of charities and social enterprises over a 15-year period. First as a Funding Officer and then as a Development Officer (on governance issues) and eventually as an Operations Manager with an infrastructure organisation and subsequently with a social enterprise. In his current role at OCVA, he works to raise the profile of volunteering and helps organisations to achieve their outcomes through the recruitment, placement and retention of volunteers. This involves helping organisations promote their work and their volunteering opportunities through print and electronic media as well as managing Oxfordshire’s premier volunteering brokerage site “oxonvolunteers.org”. He also actively engages with prospective volunteers, helping them to build their confidence and skill set in order to secure their ideal volunteering role.

Who should attend

This workshop is aimed at beginners, anyone who recruits or manages volunteers or even volunteers. No prior knowledge is required to attend.

Tuesday 12th July 2022

1.00 pm – 3.00 pm (2 hours)

The course will be held online using Zoom.


  • £40 per person for OCVA Members
  • £55 per person from a charitable organisation who are not OCVA members
  • £70 per person from a non-charitable organisation


Please note there are two steps to this process and both steps of the process will need to be completed to secure your place.

  1. Complete the Google bookings form and register your details
  2. Make payment via PayPal within two working days of registering for the course. We’re using PayPal for this event. Select ‘pay with a debit or credit card ‘ if you don’t have a PayPal account (there’s no need to sign in to PayPal). If you do not use Paypal, please email training@ocva.org.uk for an invoice.

Step 1:

Step 2:

Choose payment type:

£ 40.00
  • Pay with PayPal
Charitable Organisations*
£ 55.00
  • Pay with PayPal
Non charitable rate
£ 70.00
  • Pay with PayPal
Course details at a glance

Date: Tuesday 12th July 2022
Time: 1.00 pm – 3.00 pm
Cost: £40 – £70

Enquiries contact

When contacting us please state the name of the course your correspondence is in relation to.

Email training@ocva.org.uk or call us on 01865 251946

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