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Starting a Volunteer Programme

What to think about when preparing to introduce a new volunteer programme

Volunteering 20/12/2016
Creating a Volunteer Role

This information sheet explains how to put together a volunteer role description. It includes:

Volunteering 21/12/2016
Dealing with Problems

In most cases volunteering works well, but occasionally problems can arise. You cannot avoid this completely, but you can take steps to reduce their likelihood, and make handling them less difficult.  This information sheet:

Volunteering 21/12/2016
Developing Volunteers

This information sheet:

  • Explains why it’s important to think about volunteer development
  • Looks at how to plan this for individual volunteers
  • Offers practical suggestions for forms of development
  • Includes a template volunteer development plan
Volunteering 21/12/2016
Planning for Volunteer Involvement

This information sheet explains what you should think about prior to recruiting volunteers into a new role. It assumes that this is not the first time your organisation has worked with volunteers. This document:

Volunteering 21/12/2016
Recruiting Volunteers

This information sheet covers the recruitment process. It’s important to get this right, both to attract people who will be a good match for your roles, and to ensure the volunteering relationship starts off on the right foot.  This document:

Volunteering 21/12/2016
Volunteer Recognition

This information sheet suggests different ways of recognising volunteer involvement, both individually and collectively. We suggest that you use a range of methods, as some volunteers may appreciate a more formal approach, and others something more informal.

Volunteering 21/12/2016
Diversifying Volunteering

In this training we look at the social changes that might affect the work we do, and new forms of volunteering we could consider embracing.  This information sheet:

Volunteering 21/12/2016
Volunteers and the Law

Volunteers and the Law has been created to provide a readable overview of legal issues
for volunteer managers and anyone who works with volunteers. It was written to cover
the law as it applies to England and Wales.

Written for Volunteering England by Mark Restall

Volunteering 21/12/2016
Volunteers and Criminal Record Checking

An overview of key considerations around obtaining DBS disclosures on volunteers.

Volunteering 18/01/2017
Supporting Volunteering

This information sheet offers guidance on how to support volunteers, give and receive feedback, and create a volunteer-friendly culture.

Volunteering 18/01/2017
Volunteer Policy Template

A Volunteer Policy provides an outline for your staff, volunteers and beneficiaries as to why your organisation involves volunteers and how.  It helps to define the role of a volunteer and how your organisation will treat them.

Volunteering 26/04/2018
Volunteer Thank You Letter Template

An example of a thank you letter to send to volunteers once they finish volunteering with you.

Volunteering 26/04/2018
Where do things do wrong Volunteering, Useful Templates 25/03/2019
How to find a volunteer role Volunteering 25/03/2019
Recognising Volunteers

This information sheet covers the recruitment process. It’s important to get this right, both to attract people who will be a good match for your roles, and to ensure the volunteering relationship starts off on the right foot.  This document:

Volunteering 25/03/2019
Volunteering Supervision Form Volunteering, Useful Templates 25/03/2019
Volunteer Reference Request Form Volunteering, Useful Templates 25/03/2019
Volunteer Interview Questions Volunteering, Useful Templates 25/03/2019
Volunteer Application form Volunteering 25/03/2019

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