Dapto Uniting Church affirms that every member of the Church is a welcome part of confessing faith in Christ crucified, and in being his faithful servant. We acknowledge that the members of the church have a diversity of gifts. Some may be equipped to contribute practically to the logistics of a gathering or activity, or to use their abilities for leadership, organisation, encouragement, hospitality, teaching or other ways of serving. All gifts play a part in the work of the church, and all ministry activities have a part in the ministry of Christ.
Dapto Uniting Church places trust in our volunteers as they work: recognising our responsibility for the health, safety and welfare of volunteers; and acknowledging our responsibility to support volunteers to fulfil their roles as we work together for the protection of everyone and for the Gospel.
The primary purpose of the Volunteer Policy is to give the Church Council tools to assist them to protect the health and safety of volunteers and anyone who may be affected by their acts or omissions.
By following the policy, procedures and supporting documents, volunteers will be selected prudently, provided support to do their roles well and safely, and supervised to ensure they are able to thrive in their service to the church. The formality and rigor of these processes should be in proportion to the responsibility and risks of each role.
All volunteers are to:
Some volunteers will also be required to read the Volunteer Manual (see Section 5 High-trust volunteer roles).
When Congregations and other groups gather, each person contributes in their own way and according to their gifts. While each person plays a part, not all contributions are made by people in the capacity of volunteer roles.
A volunteer is a person who is recognised and appointed by the Church Council to a role contributing to the work of the church, ministry or service activity without being paid. A person is a volunteer when they perform a specific identified role, needed by the church, and they are selected to perform that role. There are two types of volunteer roles: ‘high-trust’ and ‘other’ volunteer roles.
High-trust volunteer roles are those with responsibility for others, including ministry and activity leaders, Elders, Church Council members, Pastoral Carers, members of formal Committees and all those who work with children or vulnerable people.
Other volunteers are all the volunteers who are not High-trust volunteers
Participant helpers, who are not considered volunteers under this policy, are those who are willing and able to perform tasks or meet operational needs when they attend a service, event or activity. This may be through seeing a need and providing help. It may also be at the request of a leader or another participant. Such participation is an important contribution but is not recognised as a volunteer role for the purpose of this Volunteer Policy.
The following is a guide to help distinguish between a volunteer role and that of a participant helper. A volunteer role satisfies any one of the following criteria.
For more detailed information and examples to help Congregations in determining if someone is a volunteer, and what type, refer to Volunteer Types – Congregational Examples on page 10. Participant helper roles do not need to be included in the volunteer management processes and will not need to be added to the Volunteer Register.
All volunteers have responsibilities to fulfil the requirements of their role to their best ability. This includes abiding by a Volunteer Code of Conduct, being reliable, caring for others and letting someone know when they need help themselves.
High Trust Volunteers in Congregations are those with additional responsibilities. These may be:
Volunteers in high-trust roles must confirm they have read the Volunteer Manual, in addition to signing the Child Safe Code of Conduct. The purpose of the Volunteer Manual is to:
Confirmation that High-trust volunteers have read the Volunteer Manual must be recorded in the Volunteer Register.
WHS Act 2011 (NSW)
Child Safe Code of Conduct
Volunteer Code of Conduct
Congregation WHS and Safe Church Statements
This guideline is to be reviewed every 3 years by the Church Council Executive and amendments approved by the Church Council.