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Before you recruit volunteers

What you should do before recruiting volunteers.

Get your house in order before you recruit volunteers

Traditional routes to volunteering are changing and organisations are competing for volunteers. Those who donate time want to know it is well spent, that work is well organised and their contribution is valued.

Volunteers are any age. They may be school children, young people, parents or family members, or retired. Different groups may have varying approaches to volunteering.

It is important volunteers are clear about their roles and the support they can expect from an organisation.

Organisations need to have systems and procedures in place to ensure their volunteers have a great experience.

Giving volunteers a great experience

The NCVO Institute for Volunteering Research report proposes a model of progressive volunteer involvement suggesting that eight factors influence retention.

    1. The image and appeal of volunteering.
    2. Methods of recruiting volunteers.
    3. Recruitment and application procedures.
    4. Induction into volunteering.
    5. Training for volunteering.
    6. Overall management of the volunteering.
    7. The ethos and culture of the organisation
    8. The support and supervision given to volunteers

                  Some organisations may have been established to encourage and support volunteering opportunities. For example, vInspired which works with young people. Many others may not formerly have thought about involving volunteers.

                  Volunteering may be regarded as a way to learn new skills, meet new friends, or make a valuable contribution to a cause. It may lead to employment and new careers.

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                  Page last edited Jan 18, 2017

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                  Michael Nossier
                  Michael Nossier on Jul 04, 2014 01:36 AM

                  Not for profit organisations may arise for any number of reasons. Regardless, volunteers should have lived experienced so that they can contribute in a beneficial way. Truly understanding the situation. Volunteers understand what people have been through and really push boundaries forward. Well financed strong determined and well connected volunteers do the job that's asked of them.

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