As part of Help From Home’s effort to promote awareness of the microvolunteering concept, we’ve contacted loads of Volunteer Centres to enquire whether we could be included on their database. We’re please to say that we have over 60 Volunteer Centres who have promoted our work on either a one off or an ongoing basis.
As part of the process with Volunteer Centres, we’ve had to complete their organisation registration forms. We’ve also been asked on numerous occasions how we vet the microvolunteering opportunities on our database. We publicity display the criteria we use on our website here.
I’d like to reverse the tables and ask how Volunteer Centres vet the organisations on their ‘books’. Not once have I been asked to prove the legitimacy of Help From Home or to pass on our public liability insurance certificate.
I’m aware there is an onus on volunteers to be satisfied that an organisation is legit, but from the apparent lack of questions asked of Help From Home from Volunteer Centres or wanting to see any evidence of our insurance certificate, I’m intrigued as to what 'cushion of comfort' Volunteer Centres use to protect the public from rogue organisations.
Is there a ‘digging out’ of an organisations background by going behind the scenes or is it just taken at face value that the information that an organisation completes on a VC registration form is legit and kosher?