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Volunteer Policy

Volunteering is an important part of our work.  It gives more people a chance to be involved in looking after our heritage and helps us do more and.  We value and appreciate all our volunteers. This statement is designed to demonstrate our commitment to volunteering and individual volunteers, ensuring all volunteers are treated consistently, equally and fairly. 

Britain from Above work placement volunteer carrying out conservation work, July 2011
Britain from Above work placement volunteer carrying out conservation work, July 2011

As a volunteer you can expect that….

  • You will be made to feel welcome by the organisation.
  • You will have equality of opportunity.
  • You will be appreciated and recognised for your contribution to Historic England.
  • You will be provided with training and support in order to fulfil your volunteer role.
  • You are covered by Historic England insurance.
  • You will be reimbursed out-of-pocket expenses incurred through volunteering.
  • Your work conditions will be safe and healthy.
  • Historic England will help you to resolve any problems that arise.
  • You will be given regular opportunity to review what you do with your manager.  
  • You will be volunteering for an organisation which opposes all forms of illegal discrimination.
  • Historic England will seek your views on volunteering and your experiences as a volunteer.

Historic England expects volunteers to …

  • Follow our code of behaviours.
  • Fulfil volunteering within the terms specified in organisational policies and procedures.
  • Be reliable in your attendance.
  • Fulfil the duties outlined in your Volunteer Role Description.

Historic England reserves the right to withdraw an offer of volunteering if the above criteria are not fulfilled.  For the avoidance of doubt, volunteers are not employees or members of staff and it is not intended that they should be.

For more information please ask your volunteer manager.

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