Volunteers are a valuable resource. Getting the most out of them means putting time and effort into supporting them well. This shouldn't be underestimated. Volunteers give their time for free - in effect, they are making a gift of their time. Donations of money are of course highly valued, and we take care to show how well such money is used. As organisations, we should think of people's donations of time in the same way.
Good involvement of volunteers does take a little more time and effort, but it pays off in the end. Volunteers who feel valued, who are supported and who enjoy their roles will stay longer, and will put more into their role. Remember, they don't come to you for a wage, and can leave at any point if they are not enjoying their time with you. We are building a range of resources to help you better involve volunteers, please let us know if there is anything else you'd like us to provide or cover.
One-to-one guidance and support
For help and support with managing volunteers, whether it be to answer queries a visit to talk though what you do, or an audit of your volunteering practice please get in touch
Peer support for volunteer managers
If you manage or support volunteers then the Volunteer Manager's Network is the perfect place for you! It's an opportunity to meet other people who manage volunteers and share ideas, news and discuss issues. Have a look at our events page to find details of our next network.
Our information sheets give an overview of key issues that you may come accross when working with volunteers. We also have a range of templates that you can download and adapt to your own needs. You can access our resources here.
Valuing Volunteers in Bexley Quality Mark
We are excited to have launched the brand new quality mark for organisations in Bexley to show that they value their volunteers and provide a high quality volunteer experience. There are 3 levels of the quality mark and support is provided to achieve them. You can find out more about Valuing Volunteers here.