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Branches Handbook

Volunteer Support 

Volunteer Induction
Supporting Disabled Volunteers
Top tips for engaging with disabled volunteers

Finance and grants

Finance Toolkit
Expenses Claim Form
Funding Central database

Health and Safety

Health and Safety Toolkit
Risk assessment form and instructions
Insurance information
BSA Health and Safety Policy

Marketing and Communications

BSA branding guidelines
Event flyer template (PPT)
BSA photography policy and photo consent form
Branches data protection guidelines


Community group activity packs
Event planning template
Community connecting guide
Community connecting case studies
External Speaker Code of Conduct

Event case studies and ideas


Canal Festival
Edinburgh Branch

Nottingham Branch

Science in the Park
Nottingham Branch

SciCraft Event
Science London

Cafe Scientifique
South Hampshire and IoW Branch
British Science Week
Aberdeen Branch
Science Busking
Cambridgeshire Branch
Recruiting Volunteers
Bristol and Bath Branch

Useful information

NCVO The national umbrella body for voluntary and community organisations. The NCVO champions volunteering by connecting, representing and supporting voluntary organisations. The British Science Association are members of the NCVO, and all of our volunteers have access to their members' area.  Please get in touch with the Engagement Team to find out how to access it. 
Volunteers’ Week The annual celebration of volunteers across the UK, is held 1-7 June every year. For more details visit the Volunteers’ Week website.
ivo This is a social network for volunteer managers and volunteers which hosts opportunity advertisements, blogs and news
P-SCI COMM A mailing list for all those interested and working in the science communication industry.  Events, research and opportunities in the area are advertised here. 
Do-it A national volunteering opportunities board, where branch volunteer roles can be advertised.  Please get in touch with the Engagement Team to find out how to access it. 

Committee Role Templates

Fundraising Officer
Marketing and Communications Officer
Publicity Officer
Volunteer Coordinator
Events volunteer
Committee member
Blank role description template

The Engagement Team is there to help and support your branch, so if you have any questions or need further advice, please don't hesitate to get in touch!