Volunteer scheme could cause havoc

first_imgHR managers are warning that volunteers recruited throughthe Chancellor’s new £300m community fund must be managed properly if publicand community services are to benefit. Last week, the public services union Unison claimed theGovernment’s plans to have volunteers working alongside trained staff in theprovision of public services could cause “havoc”. Keith Sonnet, deputy general secretary of Unison, said, “Youcannot get high-quality public services on the cheap, and using part-timevolunteers instead of well trained, full-time committed employees would lead tochaos in the public sector and to poorer public services.”Basildon and Thurrock General Hospital has over 200volunteers coordinated by a support service manager in its hotel servicesdepartment, rather than by HR.John Adsett, head of project development at Basildon andThurrock General Hospitals Trust, said, “Volunteers are an important part ofour hospital, but cannot be seen to be replacing full-time staff. As long asthey have their own focal point of reference and are given clear policies andguidelines there is no reason why volunteers cannot work side-by-side withfull-time employees.”Terry Gorman, assistant chief executive of personnel andcorporate services at Nottinghamshire County Council, said, “As long as thevolunteers are plugging gaps and not taking full-time jobs then I see noproblem. There are so many parts of the public sector that have staff andskills shortages, volunteers obviously have a role to play.” Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Volunteer scheme could cause havocOn 23 Jan 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Articlelast_img

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