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The purpose of this policy:

  • As a grassroots movement, which offers a welcome to asylum seekers and refugees, the aim of the Induction and Training Policy is to enable people to have an outline and understanding of the principles of the City of Sanctuary movement. 
  • The policy is to outline the induction process for volunteers, the level of commitment expected from volunteers and the level of support which can be offered. 

This policy should be read alongside our policies and procedures for:

  • Recruiting Policy
  • Code of conduct for volunteers, enablers and helpers.
  • Induction and Training Policy 
  • Safeguarding Policy.
  • Role of designated Safeguarding Officer
  • Recording and information sharing 
  • Health and safety policies 
  • Lone working policies 
  • Reporting allegations of bullying or complaints of inappropriate behaviour. 


Wakefield District City of Sanctuary offers equal opportunities to all people and will not tolerate abuse of any kind – physical, verbal, racial, cultural or religious. As a grassroots movement we have a moral responsibility, to all people associated with the group, to offer safety, protection and equality.

Induction and Training Policy: 

  • In conjunction with the Recruiting Policy new volunteers will have been given verbal and written information and will have filled in an application form. 
  • The Induction process will start when volunteers are invited to attend a drop-in or session being coordinated by WDCofS.
  • Volunteers will have been made aware by the Lead Volunteer that there is a probationary period and will be given a suggested date for reviewing their position in the drop-in or session.
  • The induction will include an introduction to other volunteers and an outline of their roles. Volunteers will also be given an outline of the programme and an outline of the role they will undertake. 
  • Volunteers will be made aware that there is an expectation that they take part in training and reporting/review sessions. 
  • Lead Volunteers, in conjunction with the Coordinator, will run regular reporting/review sessions for the drop-ins and sessions connected to WDCofS. 
  • Lead Volunteers, in conjunction with the Coordinator, will institute a system of supervision and appropriate support sessions for individuals.
  • Induction and training will be recorded by the Lead Volunteer and shared with the Coordinator. 
  • When available volunteers will be offered places on courses presented by the group and partner organizations. 
  • Individuals who wish to go on specialist courses can ask the Wakefield District City of Sanctuary committee to consider funding.
  • The committee cannot guarantee to provide funding but will endeavour to help whenever possible.

This policy was written on August 14th 2016

Reviewed 18th March 2017