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BAD Volunteer Charter


At the British Association of Dermatologists, we are immensely grateful for the time, energy and expertise that volunteers bring to our charity, providing fresh perspectives and lived experience of the services we wish to support.

Our volunteers provide us with insight and support across various workstreams, helping us further our goal to provide “Healthy Skin for All.”

It is essential that volunteers, who are giving up their own free time and making a vital contribution to our work, are provided clarity of purpose, and know that their input is highly valued. For this reason, we have created the following Volunteer Charter.

Volunteer Charter

A volunteer is a person who carries out activities benefiting society, by free will. These activities are undertaken for a non-profit cause, benefiting the personal development of the volunteer, who commits their time and energy for the general good, without financial reward.

The British Association of Dermatologists (BAD, ‘the charity’) is committed to supporting volunteers who dedicate time and effort to furthering the work of the charity.

We also wish to foster positive relations between paid staff and volunteers, and to ensure that other stakeholders understand the scope of our volunteer roles.

For this purpose, we provide the following principles for assuring volunteer legitimacy and preventing exploitation.

Responsibilities of the BAD: The key principles

  • Any volunteer activity is a freely made choice of the individual. If there is any compulsion, threat of sanctions or force, then any such activity is not volunteering
  • Volunteers should receive no financial reward for their time; however, out of pocket expenses should be covered
  • Effective structures should be put in place to support, train and develop volunteers as required
  • Volunteers and paid workers should be able to carry out their duties in safe, secure and healthy environments that are free from harassment, intimidation, bullying, violence and discrimination
  • Volunteers should be used to enhance the work of the charity, not replace paid workers or undercut their pay and conditions of service
  • Volunteers and paid workers should be given the opportunity to contribute to the development and monitoring of volunteering policies and procedures, including the need for policies that resolve any issues or conflicts that may arise
  • Volunteer roles should be designed and negotiated around the needs of the charity, drawing upon the interests and expertise of the volunteers
  • Every volunteer is entitled to a coherent task description that allows them to implement the volunteering activity with a clear understanding of its aims and objectives.
  • Tasks should be, to the furthest extent possible, developed and agreed on together between the volunteering provider and the volunteer and, if needed, should be updated during the volunteering activity.
  • The BAD should ensure that volunteers and paid staff have complementary roles and that good cooperation exists between these two personnel categories

Responsibilities of the Volunteer: The key principles

  • Every volunteer respects the rules of law and non-discrimination throughout their voluntary activity
  • Every volunteer has the responsibility to respect the integrity, mission, objectives and values of the volunteering provider
  • Every volunteer respects the commitments that are made with the volunteering provider regarding the amount of time and effort that have been commonly agreed to be put in the volunteering activity and the quality that has to be delivered
  • Every volunteer agrees to read and comply with the core policies of the charity, including the health and safety policies (e.g. fire safety and first aid policies and procedures), inclusivity, bullying and harassment policies.
  •  Every volunteer understands and adheres to their term of office

Additional Terms:

The volunteer has the right to cease their relationship at any time with the charity without notice.

The charity has the right to terminate their relationship with the volunteer with immediate effect at any time. Examples of cause for cessation of the relationship include:

  • the charity has reason to suspect that the volunteer is involved in any form of illegal or improper activity
  • the charity believes that there is a serious risk of reputational damage to their organisation through affiliation with the volunteer
  • the volunteer, or any employee or representative, acts or threatens to act in a way that might be hazardous or harmful to the charity’s premises, property, staff, representatives or visitors
  • the volunteer commits any breach of the terms of this charter.


First Published May 2021

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