A Volunteer Charter - The 10 Principles
Principles for Assuring Legitimacy and Preventing Exploitation of Workers and Volunteers
1.1. What do we mean by volunteering?
The values that underpin this charter are:
Recognising people as assets - not a commodity
Building on people’s skills and experience
Promoting reciprocity, mutual respect and trust - building and supporting strong social networks
The characteristics of volunteering based on the United Nations definition are;
Mutual support/self-organising - where we meet our shared needs together in associational life.
Formal service - normally through 3rd parties with agreed roles and responsibilities and management arrangements (the charter principles are especially relevant here).
Civic participation and campaigning - such as youth forums, political movements, and public service decision-making
The principles of volunteering - are that volunteer activity of any kind is undertaken with free will, is not for payment, and seeks community benefits.