Mission Volunteer is the endorsed TSA territorial term which unites our varied unpaid workforce expressions. The definition of Mission Volunteer is:
“A mission volunteer is anyone who contributes time, service and skills without expectation of financial gain from TSA in order to assist in accomplishing the mission.”
This would include people who engage in service for a variety of reasons such as an expression of faith, to make a positive difference in the world, to gain knowledge and work experience, and to create new social connections.
This includes, but is not limited to:
- Soldiers and Corps members including local leaders (local officers) in a specific rostered role
- Retired officers in a mission volunteer role
- TSA Board & Board Committee members and Advisory group members
- Community-facing volunteers
- Student placements
- Government-Sponsored e.g. Work-for-the-dole/mutual obligation participants
- Community-based/court-ordered volunteers
- Corporate volunteers
- Event, emergency and disaster management volunteers
- Mobile mission volunteers
The Optional Exceptions category was a fixed list of corps-based ministry roles which could be excluded from mission volunteer registrations at the Corps Officer’s discretion.
This category has been rescinded.
Please refer to Corps Participant below.
Corps Participant Effective Monday, 16 November - Optional Exceptions Rescinded
Corps Participant Definition:
Any unpaid member/ attendee of a Corps who is not a Mission Volunteer; who is actively involved in the Corps community, who may assist on an ad hoc basis, but does not have allocated responsibilities or any formalisation/expectation relating to their contribution and/or attendance.
For example, the bible reader, someone who provides flowers, or a person who rolls up their sleeves to help serve morning tea or pack up chairs.
The Corps Participant category will be effective as of Monday, 16 November.
This year (2020) has seen significant shifts in safeguarding legislation in South Australia. In response, TSA has been reviewing corps activities and mission volunteers across all jurisdictions, for the purpose of ensuring we are meeting our legislative and compliance requirements.
Previously, Leadership had created a Territorial provision known as 'Optional Exceptions' - a suite of corps-based ministry roles which could be excluded from mission volunteer registration at the Corps Officer's discretion.
As a result of significant consultation between the Integrity Check Capability (ICC) Project, internal and external Legal Counsel, Safeguarding and Human Resources, ‘Optional Exceptions’ have now been rescinded. The soon to be published Mission Volunteer Policy has introduced the ‘Corps Participant’ category as defined above.
Band Member and Songster Roles
In particular, band member and songster roles have elicited a range of views, opinions and sensitivities across the organisation. It is now confirmed that these roles are classified as Mission Volunteers on the basis that they meet the definition of TSA Mission Volunteer.
Mission Volunteer Policy and Procedure
This announcement is a pre-cursor to the soon to be released Mission Volunteer Policy and Procedure. These will provide the formal definition for Mission Volunteer and Corps Participant along with the requirements which must be undertaken to ensure safe and effective volunteer involvement across all of TSA’s expressions. These documents will be reviewed one year after publication.
Should you have any questions relating to Mission Volunteers, Corps Participants or Salvos Workday, please contact Volunteer Resources via: VRhelpdesk@salvationarmy.org.au.