Volunteers and the Law

Thursday 25th January 2024

9:45 to 12:30

VIN Training Room

Legislation relating to volunteer programmes is very different from employment law. This half-day session aims to ensure that you know all the essentials to avoid those pitfalls.

Learning Outcomes

You will discover:

  • What you can and can’t offer to volunteers
  • What provision you must make for insurance, risk assessment and DBS checks
  • How to avoid setting up a ‘contract’ with volunteers – and why that’s important
  • What is allowed when volunteers are claiming benefits.

To book your FREE place, click here.

A practical guide to re-opening after covid closedown

In this webinar, the Cranfield Trust will help you look to the near future of your charity’s survival and recovery from the epidemic. This webinar will provide information in the form of an aide-memoir of all we need to think about when returning to our places of work.

After the webinar you will be equipped with:
  • Useful checklists
  • Transportation to and from work
  • Visitors
  • Temperature and other screening
  • Workspaces and common areas
  • Cleaning protocols and PPE
  • IT provision, accessories and furniture
  • Awareness and education
  • Handling unwell staff and reinfection responses

available on demand  here.

Building organisational resilience

This webinar was held on the 18th June – a recording of the session can be found at:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDNrMsM9EP0&feature=youtu.be

The webinar discussed how small charities can build organisational resilience, considering the impact of covid-19. The charities aid foundation, as part of their resilience programme, has identified six characteristics of resilience for small and medium sized charities. in this webinar, based on these characteristics, we will share policy insights and practical tips to help strengthen and support small charities in such a challenging climate.  We will be joined by beth clarke, caf’s resilience programme manager as well as policy and impact experts at ncvo.
The webinar covered:

  • understand the core characteristics of a resilient charity
  • have considered organisational resilience in the context of covid-19
  • have tips and insights to help your charity be resilient
    Who should join the webinar?

Autism training in Northamptonshire

En-Fold – Northamptonshire Autism Support is offering training in understanding Autism and its impact for those working
with Autistic individuals. The training can be delivered within your workplace for up to 30 people and includes handouts and a certificate for each participant. For pricing please contact

Contact by email diane@enfold.org.uk or call 07845905766

For more information here.

Training support staff and volunteers

Due to Government Funding in the Adult Education Budget, The Aim Group have over 40 Free online Level 2 and 3 Accredited Courses available to learners to help better understand some key issues around mental health and equality and diversity.

Here are some of their most popular subjects available

  • Children and Young Peoples Mental Health (Understand factors which may affect Young Peoples mental health, the impact that they have, and how to support them with these issues
  • Understanding Autism (learn how individuals process sensory information, understand characteristics, conditions, and how speech, language and communication differ in people with Autism)
  • Understanding Behaviour That Challenges in Children (supporting positive behaviour, effective communication & how to manage challenging behaviour)
  • Bullying in Children and Young People (develop your understanding of bullying, including how to recognise that bullying is taking place and how to take action to stop it)
  • Special Educational Needs and Disability (a detailed understanding of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, including equality and diversity in the context of SEND)
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Understanding Dignity and safeguarding in adult health and social care

On average the courses take between 15-35 hours to complete (dependent on each individual’s learning ability) within in a 6-week window and are completed on a laptop or computer at the learner’s home. No Exams, endpoint assessments are involved, the courses are purely Q&A-based and are available to you 24/7. You can do as many as you like, however you can just do one at a time.

The only criteria the learner must meet to be eligible is the following.

  • Aged 19 or over on or before 31st August 2020
  • Have lived in the UK/EU for 3+ years
  • Not already on a Government-funded course (Apprenticeship for example)

There are about 40 different choices of course all accessible without cost too.
(plus once you complete one you can go ahead and access another one .. again without cost)

Here is a full listing of all the courses they have available here.

If you are interested in undertaking one of these Free Online courses, then please complete the following link asap. This will then allow me to contact you and send over the relevant Enrolment details and of course, answer any questions you have.

Voluntary impact Northamptonshire registration form link

If you have any questions, call Stacey Taylor-Hinds on 0203 900 3091 extension 226 or drop me an email at stacey.taylorhinds@theaimgroup.co.uk I will be your main point of contact.