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Code of Good Practice: Volunteering

November 2005

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1 Introduction

2 The Volunteering Code of Good Practice

2.1 Key Points

2.2 Fundamental principles of volunteering

2.3 Volunteer Centres

2.4  Public Sector undertakings

2.5  Voluntary and Community Sector undertakings

2.6  Mutual undertakings and agreed principles

3  The Volunteers Charter


A. Types of volunteering

B. Useful reference material

1. Introduction

The Volunteering Code is to be viewed in conjunction with the One Compact for Hampshire and the National Compact Code of Good Practice on Volunteering.

Volunteering is the commitment of time and energy for the benefit of society and the community, and can take many forms. It is undertaken freely and by choice, without concern for financial gain. It does not include help given to close relatives.

The term VDA (Volunteer Development Agency) is used nationally by Volunteering England and has been used in this document to mean any agency that provides the core functions of a volunteering infrastructure organisation. For example, Volunteer Centre, Volunteer Bureau.

Development of the Volunteering Code of Good Practice involved an extensive consultation process co-ordinated by a sub group of the East Hampshire Compact Steering Group, following input from a variety of voluntary and community groups and statutory agencies. The Code has now been adopted by all the Hampshire-wide partners to the One Compact for Hampshire.

2. The Volunteering Code of Good Practice

The Volunteering Code sets out a series of undertakings on good practice in volunteering for the voluntary/community and statutory sectors in Hampshire. In common with the National Code, the undertakings aim to tackle the barriers to volunteering, enabling more people to volunteer, and ensure that both the individual and the organisation benefit from the volunteering.

2.1 Key points

2.2 There are four principles fundamental to volunteering

2.3 Volunteer Centres

Within Hampshire, it is recognised that the Volunteer Centres operate as the local volunteering development agency (VDA). They have the following strategic objectives, which are common to volunteer centres throughout the country:

2.4 Public Sector undertakings

In supporting this code, the Public Agencies undertake to:

2.5 Voluntary and Community Sector undertakings:

In supporting this code, the voluntary and community organisations undertake to:

2.6 Mutual undertakings and agreed principles

3. The Volunteers’ Charter

Partners to the One Compact for Hampshire have adopted this Charter, and will use it as a basis for developing good practice within their own organisations: -

Volunteers’ Rights

Volunteers’ Responsibilities


The One Compact for Hampshire Implementation Group are grateful to the East Hampshire Compact Steering Group which wrote and consulted on this document. East Hampshire Compact’s Volunteering Code has now been adopted by all the partners to the One Compact for Hampshire.

For more information about the One Compact for Hampshire or the Volunteering Code, please contact:

One Compact Implementation Group

c/o Chief Executive’s Policy Unit

Hampshire County Council

The Castle


Hampshire. SO23 8UJ.

Tel: 01962 846011/854971




A. Types of Volunteering

Volunteering can include:

B. Useful reference material

Volunteering England - general enquiries

Volunteering England (London)

Regents Wharf

8 All Saints Street

London N1 9RL

United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)845 305 6979

Fax (London): +44 (0) 20 7520 8910


The Voluntary Sector Legal Handbook

Sandy Adirondack & James Sinclair Taylor

Published by Directory of Social Change


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