'Sacked' CAB volunteer calls for an ombudsman

Volunteers are at the mercy of managers, Sue Blamire tells minister

A volunteer who was 'sacked' by a Citizens Advice bureau is lobbying the Government to introduce a volunteering ombudsman.

Sue Blamire was told to leave East Staffordshire CAB in March after a dispute over serving alcohol at a Christmas party (31 March, page 5).

She has written to third sector minister Kevin Brennan and Baroness Neuberger, the Government's volunteering champion.

The letter says: "Volunteers have no rights in the workplace, no formal grievance procedures and they remain at the mercy of good or bad managers.

"They can have their practices and characters assassinated, threatening future employment, but there is no path to redress."

Blamire told Third Sector it was essential to safeguard volunteers' rights at a time when the Government was encouraging more people to volunteer.

The Office of the Third Sector was unable to comment before Third Sector went to press.


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