If you are going to volunteer, this may raise questions. For example: What about my benefit? Will I be reimbursed for my travel expenses? Am I insured as a volunteer? What can I expect from the organization and they from me? Where can I go in case of problems?
On this page you will find practical information that you may need if you do or are going to do volunteer work. Are you missing information or can't you find it? Contact us. We are happy to help you.
- 1. When do you volunteer?
You are a volunteer if the following applies:
- You perform work for an association, a foundation or for a non-profit organization. This organization is not a private or limited liability company; The organization does not necessarily have to be registered, even if you are a volunteer for a residents' initiative;
- You are not employed by the organization for which you do volunteer work;
- You don't do the work for your profession;
- Any compensation you receive for the work is a volunteer's compensation. This means that the compensation is disproportionate to the scope of the work and the amount of time you spend on it.
- 2. Rights and obligations
- Of course you also have rights as a volunteer. What the rights and obligations of a volunteer are, the organization you join often lays down with you in a volunteer agreement. The Association of Dutch Organizations for Voluntary Work (NOV) has made a publication available in which all information can be found about legislation and regulations for volunteers, voluntary organizations and municipalities. This contains information about, for example, the volunteer compensation, volunteer insurance, explanation about benefits and consideration, working conditions, the VOG and corporate social responsibility. Read the publication .
- 3. The volunteer insurance
- If you do volunteer work, you can also incur or cause material damage or injury. Various organizations have arranged insurance for their volunteers. If necessary, ask whether this applies in your case. The municipality of Woerden has taken out collective insurance for volunteers. Volunteers and organizations do not have to register for this. You can report damage via Hart voor Woerden. All information about volunteer insurance can be found on the next page.
- 4. Volunteering and benefits
- If you are on benefits and you want to do voluntary work, special rules apply. In that case, always contact the benefiting agency before you start volunteering. All the rules are well explained on the UWV website . The Participation Act requires people with social assistance benefits to make a so-called consideration. A consideration is an unpaid socially useful activity of limited duration and scope. For example, for a few hours a day or a week for a few weeks or months. It shouldn't be work that you normally get paid for. The municipality of Woerden also applies this. Together with Ferm Werk, the municipality determines the content, scope and duration of the consideration. We look carefully at what is possible in your situation. Are you refusing a return? Then Ferm Werk may lower your social assistance benefit. Do you volunteer or are you a carer? In consultation with Ferm Werk, discuss whether your voluntary work or task as a caregiver counts as consideration.
- 5. Volunteer Fee
- Sometimes as a volunteer you receive compensation for your voluntary work, on which you do not have to pay tax. This may concern reimbursement of expenses, such as travel expenses and costs incurred and/or an allowance for your work. A number of conditions apply to this. Check the website of the tax authorities for more information.
- 6. Agreements with an organization
If you are going to do volunteer work, a volunteer agreement can be useful, in which the agreements for both parties are once again included. Discuss this with the organization you will be working for. Movisie has prepared an example agreement that you can use. If you discuss voluntary work with an organization, you are responsible for clear agreements about:
- working hours, supervision and training;
- the content of the work;
- the number of hours per week that you commit yourself;
- what tasks and responsibilities you have;
- whether the voluntary work is insured;
- which expenses are reimbursed.
- 7. VOG
- A VOG is a 'Statement of Good Conduct' which shows that the past conduct of the applicant does not constitute an obstacle to fulfilling a specific task or function in society. The Ministry of Security and Justice screens (legal) persons who apply for a VOG and issues the VOGs. Many voluntary organizations and associations ask volunteers for a 'Declaration on Behavior' (VOG). The VOG contributes to safety, but offers no guarantees. The new Free VOG scheme came into effect on 1 November 2018. The basic principle of the new scheme is that every volunteer who works with people in a dependent situation can apply for a free VOG. The volunteer organization must register itself in order to make use of the scheme. The scheme is the responsibility of the Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport. All information for organizations about the free VOG can be found on the website .