We organise voluntary work for disabled clients. These opportunities are valuable for our clients, offering them experience, routine, time with other people etc, and the relationship between the host organisation and the volunteer can be long lasting – over 15 years in one case.

Our host organisations and the companies that we approach in the hope of securing new opportunities are becoming increasingly concerned that these voluntary arrangements could be construed as “employment” as the clients attend on a regular basis, undertake duties under the control of the organisation etc. If we are to able to continue to be able to offer these opportunities we need to develop suitable contracts to minimise the risk of tribunal claims against our hosts.

Does anyone have anything like this that they are willing to share?

Alan Barry

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