22nd Old Boys 

"A family club for all the community!"

 

 

 

22nd Old Boys F.C.

Volunteer Policy

Volunteering with 22nd Old Boys FC


About us

The 22nd Old Boys Football Club were established in 1952 to service the areas of

the Greater Shankill, Ballysillan and further afield. We currently provide around 50

members with a social and physical outlet through the sport of football. Our

members are from the Protestant side of the local community and have little

opportunities to engage and interact with those from the Catholic side. The sport

of football allows this to happen but generally the two sides are still against each

other in a competitive match. We are planning to provide opportunities through

bringing groups together and interacting rather than playing against each other.

Purpose of our volunteer policy


Our volunteer policy has been created to show our volunteers and potential

volunteers that we have spent time and care in planning how volunteers will be

welcomed at 22nd Old Boys FC. It also outlines that all volunteers will be treated

in a fair and consistent way. It should also help our volunteers understand what

support is available to them and what they can expect from us.

Our vision and mission for volunteering


Volunteering is a great way to share your enthusiasm, skills and ideas whilst

having fun and meeting like-minded people. By volunteering for 22nd Old Boys

FC you will be making a positive contribution to community development in our

area. Volunteers are vital to our work.


Attracting volunteers and volunteer agreement

We have a range of opportunities for volunteers to get involved in. To find out

more you can visit our website or contact Brian Kirker via

briankirker74@googlemail.com


Once we receive a copy of your completed registration form, a member of our

team will get in touch with more information on specific opportunities and we

can decide together which option best matches your interests and time

availability and also our needs. Your help will be greatly appreciated and really

will make a difference.


Access NI Checks

Some volunteer roles will require an Access NI check to inform 22nd Old Boys FC

of any criminal convictions that a person wishing to volunteer may have. For

example, any volunteer position which involves regulated activity with children

or vulnerable adults will be subject to an Access NI check.

Induction and training


It does not matter how much you already know, as there will be opportunities to

learn, and we have roles to suit every level of expertise.


There will be an induction prepared and delivered by one of our staff. This will

include:

  • Some information about 22nd Old Boys FC, our vision, mission and our future plans
  • The role of the volunteer
  • Introduction to some volunteers
  • Tour around our facilities and see some of our initiatives
  • Copy of all the relevant policies including this volunteer policy and also our

Health and Safety, Expenses, Equality and Diversity and Conflict Management

  • Essential procedures such as timekeeping, rota
  • Information about training and ongoing learning opportunities

There will be a trial period of four weeks to give 22nd Old Boys FC and you time

to discover if you are suited to each other. A review will be made midway

through the trial period and also at the end. This is not an assessment, it is just so

that we can be sure that you benefit the most from the volunteering experience

and maximise the time you are giving freely.


Support

Our Volunteer Manager will offer support to you. They will remain your key

contact throughout your volunteering with us. This will include regular meetings

with you to discuss how you are getting on, discuss any training needs and deal

with issues arising. This will also ensure that 22nd Old Boys FC are doing all we

can to make your volunteering experience an enjoyable and meaningful one.


Recognition and reward

We could not do the work we do without our volunteers. To acknowledge this

we will always say thank you and show appreciation for a job well done. There

will always be a listening ear or shoulder to lean on.

We have an annual awards dinner where we recognize our volunteers and have

regular other social opportunities to engage as a team of volunteers.


Expenses

We value our volunteers and want to ensure that there are no barriers to

volunteer involvement. All reasonable out of pocket expenses, if required,will be

reimbursed including expenses for travel and meals (if working more than 4.5

hours in one session). In order to claim expenses, an Expenses Form must be

completed, a valid receipt provided and this should be handed in to the

volunteer manager.


Insurance, health and safety, accidents and risk assessment

22nd Old Boys FC has a valid insurance policy so that volunteers are covered by

public liability insurance, which you are advised to read. It covers the

volunteering activities you will be doing. We will keep reminding you of our

Health and Safety Policy and give simple instructions on how to perform each

task safely. We have clear procedures for accidents and emergencies and will

always have a first aider on field sites.


Resolving problems

We hope that you will have a very enjoyable experience volunteering with us.

However if your role as a volunteer does not meet with your expectations or

with the commitments we have made to you, we want you to feel comfortable

about letting us know. First of all, talk to the person who leads the team where

you volunteer and he or she should be able to sort it out with you before it

becomes a problem. If you do not feel this will resolve things you can speak to

the Volunteer co-ordinator.


Confidentiality

We expect all volunteers to adhere to confidentiality guidelines which will be

explained to you before you begin volunteering with us and this also includes use

of social media and contact with any press.


Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

22nd Old Boys FC is committed to embracing diversity and promoting equality

and inclusion. When representing 22nd Old Boys FC as a volunteer we expect

you to support our commitment to promoting equality.

This is the Volunteer Policy of 22nd Old Boys FC