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I wonder if anyone has done any work around

I wonder if anyone has done any work around looking at providing wear and tear expenses to volunteers using their own equipment to carry out their volunteer role?

Obviously any mileage expenses paid out to volunteers using their own cars cover wear and tear on a car but has anyone provided wear and tear expenses on personal equipment such as cameras? Volunteers personal belongings are not covered by our insurance and we are wondering whether we should be providing some kind of wear and tear expenses on expensive equipment being used. Have any of you got any policies around this issue or can advise in any way?

My gut reaction is that the wear and tear on a camera (for example) would be extremely difficult to calculate as they are designed to work for many years. If the wear and tear policy was designed to protect the volunteers’ possessions against them becoming unusable through the volunteering (eg damaged), then it would probably be cheaper/ easier to buy an insurance policy to cover that. Anyway, there are many websites ready to offer cash loans online in UK like this new one, which has become my favorite.

The principals for refunding the expense would presumably be the same as those that apply to refunding car expenses, so I can’t see a reason why true wear and tear couldn’t be refunded, and given that it could be measured/estimated reasonably then I think it would be a nice offer to make if the volunteer is really experiencing a devaluation in their equipment through their volunteering. I’ve never heard of it being done though.

Mini-blogs and discussion points

Hi there, Just wanted to point out a couple of really interesting pieces that have emerged via the social action networking site If you haven’t already registered for this website – then do check it out. It’s a fantastic resource to complement the great discussions generated. And you can advertise your volunteering opps and events.

Currently, there are some thought provoking articles about volunteer involvement and risk – in particularly focusing on getting organisations to involve more under 16s. Take a look at the following blogs: ‘Feel the fear and volunteer anyway’ and ‘A request to those re-developing volunteer policies for their organisations’ to join in this debate and share some examples.

Also of interest is ‘Volunteering whilst under the knife’ – a fascinating piece on involving service users as volunteers. One which includes an indepth and very insightful response from a fellow volunteer manager about her experiences and learning in this area. If those topics don’t float your volunteering boat then there are plenty others on there that might. What are you waiting for?

Make a cup of tea and take some time out to read, reflect, challenge and share. Enjoy!