What you'll learn
You've joined a team of committed volunteers and staff who work together to find a cure for Parkinson's and improve the lives of those living with the condition. So, while you may be new to the organisation and are finding your feet, you're not alone.
We do our best to provide everything you need to know to carry out your volunteering role, from understanding health and safety issues to explaining how you claim expenses.
This module might take you longer to do than others, so we recommend talking to your staff contact about which sections are relevant to your role.
At the end of this module, you can expect to be able to:
- know what resources can support you in your role and explain why they're important
- have an awareness of health and safety issues affecting your volunteering
- identify and explain why some behaviour and decisions can be detrimental to Parkinson's UK
Task 2: Health and safety
We want you to feel safe and secure in your volunteering role. And we have a moral and legal duty to make sure you do.
Our health and safety procedures and policies cover everything from things to bear in mind when you're organising an event to staying safe on the roads. They outline how volunteers and staff can work together to minimise risk or injury.
Please read these slides that give an introduction to health and safety - it should take you around 20 minutes.
Going more in depth
Next, talk to your staff contact about which of the following issues are relevant to your role and complete the tasks that might be helpful. They should each take you between 20 and 30 minutes.
If your volunteer role involves driving on Parkinson's UK business, please do read these tips on safe driving. It will help to remind you of legal requirements and personal safety tips.
Assessing risk when you're planning an event
What's a risk and what kind of health and safety issues do you need to bear in mind when you're organising an event for Parkinson's UK? These slides will help you form a checklist of things to consider.
Sitting at a desk correctly and safe manual handling
Health and safety in the office
It's important to think about any hazards when you're volunteering in an office environment, from too many plugs in a socket to overstocked cupboards. This training highlights things to look out for.
From things to think about if you're on your own to what to do if you're worried about someone's behaviour, read this document to find tips for keeping safe while volunteering.
Task 3: Being an ambassador
'We' at Parkinson's UK includes staff and volunteers, working together. We're all working to find a cure for Parkinson's and to improve life for everyone living with the condition.
Our values are at the heart of everything we do, and form the basis of how we work together to achieve our aims. Take time to familiarise yourself with our values, and examples of volunteers displaying them.
Why do we ask you to do this? Because even your smallest decision or action as a volunteer can have a wider impact on the charity.
You may be familiar with the 'ripple effect'. Click through these slides and see how the concept can be applied to your volunteering.
- Remember that the information in this module is here to support you at any time. Some of it might not apply to your volunteering at the moment but could be useful in the future.
- Speak to your staff contact if you have any questions about Parkinson's UK policies and procedures that can support you in your volunteer role.
- Look out for volunteer stories in The Parkinson magazine, and across our website, Facebook and Twitter.
- Let your staff contact know if any changes to your health mean you need adjustments to be made to support your volunteering, from dietary requirements to transport to events.
Prefer to do this module offline?
Our print at home version is for you (PDF, 6.3MB)