Thank you for choosing to explore the RQA Volunteer Programme. Volunteers play a huge and important role in the Association; they are integral to RQA's success.
There are a number of ways in which volunteers can support RQA activity:
This approach allows Volunteers to choose to support RQA in a manner that suits the Volunteer without over-committing their time. The opportunities are endless.
RQA relies upon the knowledge and commitment of dedicated Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) to support its members by providing news updates, liaising with regulators, developing new products, and organising events. By volunteering your time and knowledge we hope that the volunteer experience can make a real difference to your career, the profession and your association.
I hope that you find your volunteer role to be fulfilling and rewarding. Please feel free to contact the RQA office with any queries or concerns.
Welcome, and thank you.
RQA Director of Operations
Please note that you need to be an RQA Member to be part of the Volunteer Programme - to join please visit the Members Area.
The initial sign up for the programme is simple - we just need you to click on the Sign Up Here button above and fill in your details which will give us a bit more information about you and what you feel you could/want to contribute to RQA via the Volunteer Programme.
Once you’re registered as a volunteer by completing the form, you need to be aware of the different types of volunteering opportunities that are available (shown below). Each volunteering activity entails a timescale to complete or fulfil the task, project or role, from a few minutes on a task to many days per year as Chair of the Board. Please read through this overview of the types of opportunities and what each entails.
Short audio file containing verbal broadcast
Short video file containing visual
Live video broadcast
Concise descriptive report on a complex issue
An article/cast study on a topic of interest to the RQA membership.
Publication covering a scientific or technical topic
Short topical visual/verbal production
Face-to face or virtual learning programme
RQA recognises and fully appreciates that Volunteers are giving up their free time to support RQA activities. Simply, the RQA would not exist without the knowledge and commitment of its active Volunteers. However, for the relationship between RQA and Volunteers to be effective, there are obligations on both sides that should be observed. This is not a legally binding agreement- this is to aid the understanding, and build the partnership, between Volunteers and RQA.
It is valuable for RQA Volunteers to appreciate what they can expect from RQA and,likewise,what RQA can expect of Volunteers.
All Volunteer positions have a profile which describes the details of the Volunteer's responsibilities and requirements to ensure clarity regarding the tasks,projects and roles being undertaken.
The Volunteering section of the RQA website holds all the information relevant to the RQA Volunteer Programme. RQA posts updates on the website to keep Volunteers and members informed of the latest tasks and projects; we're always looking for updates- please get in touch if there's anything we need to know.
RQA holds volunteer details and records to document the contribution made by volunteers. RQA is registered under Data Protection legislation and we will not pass on any information to third parties. We understand that individual's details change; it is important that Volunteers update their RQA profile with any new information.
RQA operates an equal opportunities policy in respect of both paid staff and volunteers. All volunteers will be treated equally with respect to opportunities to volunteer, or the type of work allocated to them.
We hope that Volunteers will not encounter any issues while volunteering with RQA. However, Volunteers have the right to discuss any concerns they may have with their contact at any time. If for any reason, a Volunteer has a concern that cannot be discussed with their contact they should alert the RQA office.
Volunteers know better than anyone about volunteering with RQA- their feedback is vital. If at any point a Volunteer feels that their volunteering experience could have been better,please get in touch with the RQA office. RQA relies on Volunteer feedback to improve our processes and actions.
RQA also occasionally distributes feedback questionnaires; we really appreciate the responses from our active Volunteers. We are also always keen to hear about the individual experiences from RQA Volunteers, feel free to share any stories.
RQA understands that there are many reasons and situations which may result in members no longer being able to continue volunteering. Volunteers should let the RQA office know as soon as possible if they're unable to continue Volunteering.
On the basis of their voluntary work, volunteers who have volunteered for more than 40 hours have the right to request a reference.
If Volunteers can't find the answer to their particular query, please email us firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss anything further. Thanks again for joining the RQA Volunteer Programme.