The Fair Work Fair Pay Foundation - Get Involved
Volunteering is an unselfish activity to promote good or improve human quality of life. It is considered as serving society through own interest, personal skills or while learning, which in return produces a feeling of self-worth and respect, instead of money. Volunteering is recognized for skill development, to socialize, to have fun, to promote and improve human quality of life. Volunteering takes many forms, and can be performed by anyone within their own set of skills in the areas they wish to work. Volunteers may serve on an ‘as-needed’ basis helping their neighbors’ in a variety of ways for example; clearing snow or cleaning windows. Volunteering is a great way to make contacts for a variety of reasons that include finding paid employment.
An example of how the charity operates follows…
A volunteer claiming Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) looks after a dog for two days and the
owner donates a sum of money to the charity.
Money paid into the charity's bank account may be spent by the charity to better enable the
the volunteer and new volunteers to undertake voluntary work.
In time and if there is sufficient income into the charity bank account it may be possible to
convert a volunteer on JSA into a paid worker of the charity at which time that volunteer would be able to stop claiming JSA.
However if the charity failed to generate sufficient income to pay for a salaried post the
charity volunteer/s would continue claiming JSA while looking for gainfully employment.
At any time a volunteer claiming JSA may find gainful employment (with or without the
assistance of the charity) at which time they would cease claimng JSA.