Tools & Tips

tipsHere you can find of the best resources for volunteer management as well as some helpful 'top tips'.

Experience shows that there's a huge difference between signing up for volunteering and actually getting yourself out of the door and committing to helping the cause on a regular basis. Whether nerves or a lack of time, so much can stop us from getting involved. To help you take those next steps click on the above link for some tips to make your volunteering experience worthwhile.

To develop a truly engaging, rewarding volunteer programme, you'll need more than just a working knowledge of what volunteer management means. 5 strategies that can revolutionize your approach to volunteer management, each of which can help you increase volunteer engagement and retention. 

If you have had the responsibility of managing volunteers you will know how time consuming it can be. There are various computer systems out there which can make your life much easier by automating common tasks and allowing you to communicate with your volunteers more efficiently.

We have put together this report outlining how we used social media platforms to deliver a volunteer recognition project during Volunteers’ Week Scotland with fantastic results! A great resource for volunteer managers seeking ways to adopt the latest media techniques to achieve impact and reach new audiences!

Volunteers play an important part in most charities but without the right practice in place things can go wrong. This article looks at what a charity should consider when employing volunteers.

Want to know if you can volunteer while receiving benefits?
Volunteering can be a great way to develop your skills, increase your confidence and experience or to try out something new. It's also an opportunity to give up your time to help an issue you care about. You can volunteer while receiving benefits as long as you are still able to satisfy all the conditions of your benefit. Click on the link above to find out more...

"Find out about free e-bulletins sent by schools, colleges, universities and volunteering organisations; hold a group meeting and ask the volunteers who have already been recruited to bring along a friend". Click on the link above for more tips...

"Ensure you have both the time and resources to support and train volunteers, and that you can provide something that will make their volunteering a valuable experience – for example increasing skills and confidence as well as supporting finding ways back to work". Click on the link for more

"If your large event's success is based on the hands-on work of volunteers - one of the biggest challenges is often finding volunteers to begin with! Whether you're organizing a rally, a festival, a charity race, a food drive, or a community cleanup -- step out of the box with 10 creative ideas for volunteer recruitment that are sure to bring more help when and where you need it!"

Tips to lure volunteers in, keep them happy, and avoid the pitfalls that will keep them from coming back.

Looking at some myths in regard to troublesome volunteers.

Some volunteers are involved in tasks that could be high risk, such looking after older people, people with drug or alcohol issues, or using technical equipment. Volunteers also represent your organisation with service users and externally. If there’s not a procedure in place to manage problems when they come up then it’s easy for even small things to grow out of control. Having guidance on what is acceptable, that explains how you will respond to a challenging situation is important to protect everyone.

Social Media Policy for Volunteers
Organisations use social media in their work and recognise that those who are involved in its work may also use social media either as part of their role or in their private lives. A written policy is therefore required for all staff, volunteers and stakeholders on the acceptable use of social networking at work.

A volunteering policy is a framework for a volunteer programme. It helps define the role of volunteers within the organisation, and how they can expect to be treated.