To the Exmoor Conservation Volunteers Partnership
Exmoor National Park Authority, the National Trust at Holnicote Estate, The Crown Estate at Dunster and the South West Lakes Trust at Wimbleball and the Somerset Wild Life Trust and others work together to provide a range of physical and monitoring tasks across Exmoor that benfit the organisations invloved, Exmoor as a place and hopefully by providing training and new experiences the indvidual volunteers as well. Tasks are suitable for volunteers with varying skills and who come to us from all backgrounds and experiences.
2. Minimum Age. All volunteers must be over the age of 18 to attend tasks. From time to time the Partnership may run ‘Taster’ days for where any member of the public is welcome but under16’s must be supervised.
3. Personal Protective Clothing. Volunteers will be supplied with any personal protective clothing they need to safely undertake their activities.
4. Risk Assessment. ECVP places a high priority on safe working and all volunteer tasks are provided with a written risk assessment. These will be carried out either by a staff member, or in some circumstances Volunteers will be given training to carry out their own risk assessment for some tasks. Any volunteer who feels uncertain about safety aspects of a task should cease working until their concerns have been addressed. more detailed safe working practices can be found here5. Dogs. Unfortunately unless a task is stated as dog friendly the assumption should be No dogs on practical or group tasks. Volunteers carrying out specific roles may be permitted to take dogs with them depending on the task.
6. The ‘Person in Charge’ is the nominated person on the day of a task responsible for Health & Safety on site. Safety instructions must be followed at all times. Failure to do so can mean that a person or persons will be sent off the site and the matter reported back to the co-ordinators.
7. Traveling expenses will not normally be paid.
8. Training will be given in basic First Aid, safe use of tools and equipment, and map reading. Any volunteer who would like more specialised training should discuss it with whoever supervises their work or the co-ordinator.
9. Power tools are not allowed whilst working on any ENPA task. Other Partners within the scheme may have different policies and should be followed.
10. Hand tools. Volunteers must not use any of their own hand tools unless they have been checked over by the person in charge on the day of the task.
11. Transport may in some circumstances be provided. Volunteers who use their own vehicles are responsible for their vehicle’s insurance. You should check with your insurance company as some will not cover volunteer use. Most companies just need to be told what you are doing very few make an additional charge. If this is a problem contact the co-ordinator. Ensure you park at the work site in a safe and considerate way.
12. Compliance with Code of Conduct. Any volunteer who fails to comply with this Code of Conduct, or acts in any way that adversely affects the enjoyment and safety of other volunteers, or might bring Exmoor National Park Authority or any of its partners into disrepute may be asked to leave.
13. Updating of this code of conduct. To keep in line with changes in the law or policies from any of the partners this code of conduct may be updated from time to time. When we do this new copies will be circulated and unless you tell us otherwise we will assume you agree to abide by them.
Thank you for taking the time to read the above.
If you are unsure about any aspect of this Code, please discuss your concerns with Patrick at Exmoor House (01398 323665 or on his mobile 07973727469).