Interim results of a national Volunteer Rights Inquiry have been published that reveal some shocking stories. According to the interim report the general standard of volunteer management in charities is low.
The inquiry was set up by Volunteering England to examine the treatment of volunteers and has held evidence gathering sessions and an online consultation. The interim report says that ‘numerous’ volunteers had reported verbal abuse and sexual harassment. Other revelations include stories of bad management, poor governance, bullying and improper behaviour.
The report also raises the idea of a volunteer complaints commissioner or a volunteering ombudsman whose role would be to settle disputes. To read the interim report visit the Volunteering England website.
Detailed recommendations from the report will be published in November.
Meanwhile, if you have any comments to make about the standard of volunteer management, or if you would like some support to develop your own organisation’s good practice in working with volunteers, contact us at the Volunteer Centre on 01283 550163.