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Volunteers in church: some dos and don'ts

Volunteers are a vital part of church life; without them churches would not be able to function effectively. Engaging volunteers is notoriously tricky and it is easy to inadvertently treat volunteers like staff - and so create employment rights. This paper - written primarily for church trustees - outlines some common scenarios where care should be taken.

Topics included:

  • Internships;
  • Payments to an organist (or similar-type role);
  • Paying fixed amounts to cover expenses;
  • Paying on gifts received (with Gift Aid) to volunteers;
  • How to best avoid the pitfalls


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