Volunteering Recruitment Best Practice is essential for creating and maintaining a successful volunteer management programme. Below are the best practice guidelines to consider when recruiting and managing volunteers…

Creating Volunteer Opportunities

Four step approach to creating a volunteer opportunity description;

  1. What tasks need doing?
  2. What skills, qualifications or experience would a volunteer need to carry out these tasks?
  3. What training and supervision will be needed to support the role?
  4. What can you offer in terms of volunteer’s experience, if they volunteer with your organisation, for example, what will the volunteer gain from the experience? is it being part of a team? Monthly get together? Learning new skills? Free training?

 Attracting volunteers



Taster/ informal visits


Individual and Team Support


Problem Solving Procedures

Disclosure and Barring (DBS) List Checks

Equal Opportunities & Diversity



An organisation should check its insurance cover at least once a year. This will ensure that volunteers are insured under either public or employer’s liability cover;


Health & Safety

Organisations are strongly recommended to seek further advice; more information is available from http://www.hse.gov.uk

Volunteering Policy

For more information please visit on everything volunteering, please visit NCVO guide to volunteering and the law 






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