I Need Volunteers
Lots of people want to volunteer, if only they are asked!
Volunteer Centres support organisations which need volunteers in a number of ways …
At the Volunteer Centre details of voluntary organisations and their current volunteer opportunities are all listed on V-base, the national volunteering database. Give us details on what the opportunity involves, what is the time commitment, where is it based, is training provided, do you pay expenses etc and we will write up a description that will catch the attention of potential volunteers. See: http://www.volunteeringdorset.org.uk/index.html
If you are a new organisation or you have a new project starting, tell your volunteer centre, or contact people across Europe via this site.
Go along to events held by voluntary organisations and you might find people interested in your project
Word of mouth is one of the best ways to recruit. Tell your existing volunteers and staff that you are looking for new volunteers. They can give a good explanation of what is involved and will usually be enthusiastic about your organisation and its work.
Create some free publicity
Advertising can be expensive and does not always get results but the media will often publicise your organisation or project free if they think it is of interest. Local newspapers and radio are always looking for new stories on local events so try sending out a press release next time you start a new project or have an event planned. Posters in local shops, community centres, church halls may help raise awareness of your organisation and volunteering roles.
When you decide you need volunteers for a task, regard it like a job vacancy; write a description explaining what the volunteer will be doing, where, when and for how long. Volunteers will be more attracted to an opportunity if they know what is involved. The Volunteer Centre can advise you on how to write an opportunity description.
Make it as easy as possible for potential volunteers to come forward
Explain to people how to apply: by telephone, letter or email. If you need volunteers to complete a CRB check explain this from the beginning. Remember that many volunteer roles do not require a CRB check. It is usually a good idea to meet your new volunteers before they start. This will enable you to confirm that the volunteer is right for the position and reassure them about what is expected.
Many people volunteer in between holding paid employment or domestic commitments. If you can be flexible about when the volunteer is on duty with your organisation then they are more likely to volunteer more.
If you need volunteers in the Dorset area, please contact us here.