Managing staff and volunteers

Whether the people who do the work in your group are paid or unpaid, it’s important that they receive support and respect for their contribution. This section will help you find out what your legal responsibilities are if you employ people and think about how to keep your staff and volunteers involved.

Click on the Links tab at the top of this page for details of other local organisations with useful advice and information on managing staff and volunteers.

  • Data protection for community groups

    A plain-English summary of data protection responsibilities for small, volunteer-run community groups, including how to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

  • Equality and diversity policies for small groups

    Planning and writing an equality and diversity policy for small volunteer-run community groups.

  • Health and Safety

    This is an introduction to health and safety for community groups run by volunteers, that don’t have any employees or control any premises.  It includes tips and ideas for keeping people well and safe at your events and activities, information on how and why to write a health and safety policy, and some sample policies.

  • Involving people in your group

    How do you get lots of people along to your meetings and events? How do you make sure that more than a handful of you are doing the bulk of the work?

  • Responsibilities of the Management Committee

    A guide to the key responsibilities of an organisation’s management committee, trustees or other governing body.

  • Risk Assessments

    A simple guide to risk assessments for community groups.

  • Using the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

    An introduction to DBS checking for community groups and organisations.

These books are available at the Resource Centre, for reference only. If you prefer to borrow them, some of the titles are available at local libraries in Brighton & Hove. Groups based in Sussex are welcome to come in and browse our bookshelf and noticeboards.

The services listed below are not provided by the Resource Centre. These are websites and services we feel are particularly useful for small groups in Brighton & Hove, and which are not easy to find by searching the internet.

Most useful services for local groups

Notes:
Community Works runs the following projects for the voluntary sector in Brighton & Hove:



They have an electronic voting system which is available to hire. This consists of hand-held pads which can be used by people in a meeting to vote. The results are then displayed instantly on a laptop. They also have a wooden ballot box, which groups can borrow.

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Community Base runs VenueSearch, a database of venues for hire in Brighton & Hove.

Also has services to help groups find volunteers and advertise jobs

Also offers local community and voluntary groups free access to www.trustfunding.org.uk, the Director of Social Change’s comprehensive guide to grant funding trusts in the United Kingdom.

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Run a Human Resources advisory service for small to medium size voluntary orgnaisations. This includes the chance to post questions via email or post, and the opportunity to work with volunteer professionals on more complex matters.

Other services you might find useful

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