Volunteer Agreements – should volunteers sign these?

volunteerHi. New to this great blog!

I just want to clarify whether volunteers should be signing volunteer agreements or not. The Volunteer and the Law Handbook states that some organisations asks their volunteers to do this, and some don’t but to make it explicitly clear on the Agreements that it is not intended to be a legally binding agreement and in honor only.

We ask volunteers to sign and have added the statement as advised by the Law Handbook and Volunteer England. However, looking at the Grayson case (2004), the non-signature of the agreement was noted.

I am also wary of it being deemed as contractual by virtue of asking for a signature on it, when, in reality, volunteers are not expected to sign on anything that may look or implied to look like a contract! The question is should we or should we not ask volunteers to do this?