Volunteers' Rights Group plans national forum

Campaigners promise a 'celebration of volunteering'

A volunteer rights campaign group is planning to run a national conference at which volunteers can celebrate their achievements and air grievances.

The conference, which is in the early planning stages, is being organised by a group of volunteers based in London. It is being supported by the Volunteers' Rights Group, which was formed last year by a group of volunteers who walked out of their posts at York Citizens Advice Bureau in support of a 'sacked' colleague.

Lewis Smith, coordinator of the group, told Third Sector the conference would be a "celebration of volunteering" as well as a forum for volunteers to share their grievances.

"Often, dissatisfied volunteers will walk away rather than discuss their concerns, so nobody finds out about their complaints," he said. "Getting volunteers together would be a good way to understand their grievances."

Smith said the conference was likely to take place next year.

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