Volunteers are a major resource, and our churches simply won’t function without them.
The few websites listed below offer a wide range of advice from recruiting to managing your volunteers.
- Advice on recruiting volunteers from the Church Urban Fund.
- The Volunteering England website is an excellent source of information and has a page of useful downloads of advice leaflets and legal help.
- Advice on setting up a friends scheme in your parish which enables people to help with the maintenance of the church buildings can be found here.
The Church of England Practice Guidance: Safer Recruitment document sets out safer recruitment practices for finding and appointing safely the most appropriate people to volunteer with children and/or adults experiencing, or at risk of abuse or neglect. If you have any questions about the Safer Recruitment process please contact the DST by emailing email@example.com
Volunteers whose roles involve working with children and/or adults experiencing, or at risk of abuse or neglect must complete the relevant safeguarding training with the Diocese after they have been recruited/appointed, regardless of previous experience. They must also attend regular updates every three years. If you have any questions about safeguarding training for volunteers please contact the DST by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Further information on setting up a friends scheme can be found on this page.