Volunteering – do something meaningful with your spare time

Anyone can volunteer, Freelancers and Contractors too.

All types of organisations regularly need volunteers, and freelancers can often offer specialised skills that ‘traditional’ volunteers can’t. You may be short on time and income and not at all inclined, but if you think more about the concept, you may be able to provide help to organisations that focus on issues you feel strongly about. By volunteering, you may gain new skills, contacts and also find a useful showcase for examples of your work.

However, so you don’t confuse your tax position with the HMRC you need to know what a volunteer is and that there is a difference between a Volunteer and a Voluntary Worker.  In the confusing world of employment law they both have definitions, so we’ll explain them in our article here.

Voluntary Workers are different – and it’s a term used in the National Minimum Wage Act which allows Voluntary Workers to be a class of ‘Worker’ but who are exempt from having to receive the NMW. They may consider themselves to be Volunteers but may actually be ‘workers’ due to the arrangements under which they work – they can work under a contract of employment or a contract to personally work or provide services. This exemption is provided to allow people who genuinely wish to work for good causes, without profit/pay, to continue to be able to do so without qualifying for the NMW. This exemption only applies to Volunteers/Voluntary Workers who work for Employers:

  • In the Charity/Voluntary sector
  • In associated fundraising bodies e.g. a charity shop
  • In statutory bodies that are set up by an Act of Parliament to carry out certain functions, e.g. local authorities, many schools and hospitals, organisations like English Heritage.

Volunteering, give it a go!

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