Understanding the law can help support your, volunteers. Find out more here......

One area that potentially affects sailing clubs is the relationship between the club and individual volunteers and how this should be managed in a way that does not create a contract of employment with the associated (employee) rights and (employer) responsibilities and liabilities.

To raise awareness of the potential risks, provide guidance and to stimulate discussion within clubs the RYA has prepared the guidance note entitled Considerations for a Volunteer Policy. Also a recommended read is the document Volunteers and The Law created by Volunteering England.

The RYA want to ensure that this topic is raised and discussed within clubs in the right context, as it is likely that many clubs will have relationships with their volunteers that will cause little or no concern.

If after reading the information sheet, there are any areas you want to discuss or seek further guidance, please email volunteering@rya.org.uk