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The Comhlámh Code of Good Practice (CoGP) for Volunteer Sending Agencies.

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Vincentian Lay Missionaries (VLM) is a signatory of the Comhlámh Code of Good Practice (CoGP) for Volunteer Sending Agencies, The Code is a set of standards for organisations involved in facilitating international volunteer placements in the global south.

VLM has been assessed by Comhlámh as having all core indicators and at least 85% of all indictors in place for our international volunteer programmes. (Comprehensive Compliance status).  Comprehensive Compliance status is the highest award for quality responsible volunteering programmes available to Irish international volunteer sending agencies.

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If you feel we are not adhering to the Code please contact us or

The eleven core principles of the Code of Good Practice are:

  1. Volunteer programmes are based on realistic aims and objectives with appropriate and useful volunteer roles;
  2. Sufficient resources and support are provided by the organisation to run volunteer programmes in an efficient and sustainable manner;
  3.  The organisation produces marketing and imagery consistent with good practice, and clear expressions of organisational aims, ethos and values;
  4.  Potential volunteers are provided with free, fair and unbiased information on the organisation and placements;
  5. The organisation uses fair, consistent and transparent recruitment procedures;
  6. The varying support needs of volunteers before, during and after the placement are provided for by the organisation.
  7. It is ensured that volunteers participate in appropriate preparation, training and induction;
  8. The protection, safety and well-being of volunteers, and those they work with, is ensured as far as possible;
  9. The debriefing of returned volunteers is facilitated;
  10. The volunteer programme is monitored and evaluated on an on-going basis;
  11. Volunteers are recognised for their contribution to development while overseas and information is provided to them on how they can further contribute to development at home:

For more information please visit or download Comhlámh’s Volunteer-Charter.

Dochas CodeDóchas is the Irish Association of Non-Governmental Development Organisations. VLM is a signatory to the Dóchas Code of Conduct on the use of imagery and messaging. This code informs organisations on how they can ethically  communicate their work and fundraise. The core principles that signatories ascribe to are as follows:

• Respect for the dignity of the people concerned;
• Belief in the equality of all people;
• Acceptance of the need to promote fairness, solidarity and justice.

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If you have any queries or complaints on the manner in which VLM presents images and messaging please feel free to express your thoughts to Mary Anne at