document back Volunteer Agreement
document type Jurisdiction UK

This document is for when you want to take on a volunteer, who does work for you but is not paid. You don’t want to create a legally binding relationship with the volunteer, which could give them rights as a worker or employee entitled to be paid the national minimum wage, to get paid holiday and even protection from unfair dismissal. Therefore, volunteer agreements use terms such as hopes and expectations, rather than the volunteer having to do anything. However, it is useful to set out in writing the understanding between you and the volunteer at the beginning of the arrangement. Just because you have a written agreement with a volunteer doesn’t mean there is an employment relationship, but you should review the relationship regularly to make sure that things have not changed with time. See our Step by Step walkthrough for full guidance notes to help you complete this document on your own.