The guiding principles of 'volunteering' are set out within its definition and it is this which is the litmus test for determining what activities fall within and outside its boundaries i.e. benefit of society, unpaid, carried out outside (in addition to) immediate family and done freely and by choice.
‘Volunteering is the commitment of time and energy, for the benefit of society and the community, the environment, or individuals outside (or in addition to) one’s immediate family. It is unpaid and undertaken freely and by choice’.
(Volunteering Strategy for Northern Ireland- Department for Social Development, 2012)
The unique quality of volunteering, as an activity, is its ability to shape and change itself to the needs of the community. Volunteer Now also recognises the world around us is in a constant state of change and for this reason it is important to take time to consider activities which are labeled as volunteering and test whether they meet the above principles.
Below is an outline of Volunteer Now’s view on the appropriateness of volunteering in the private sector and our understanding of the term 'job substitution'.
1. Volunteering in Private Organisations
2. Volunteers and Job Substitution
This section of the website also signposts to other parts of the website which can provides a range of information for organisations looking to boost their volunteer recruitment or target specific types of people as volunteers. The Timebanking section provides information about a new model of community participation. Please click on the links below for more information: