How best to attract and retain your volunteers
As the new year approaches, many people will be reflecting on the year they’ve had and exploring new ideas for the year ahead. This includes people who’d like to volunteer their time to a good cause and decide that 2019 is when that will happen.
With their new year’s resolutions set, bags of enthusiasm and a positive attitude, now is a good time to think about how best to attract these potential volunteers.
Here are One Walsall’s Top Five tips on how to go about this:
- Be responsive. Once the volunteer role has been advertised and somebody shows an interest, respond to them as soon as possible. Remember, other organisations are fighting for the same volunteer as you are. In order to get this right you
- might want to think about having a standardised response time for potential volunteers once they have expressed an interest (within 48hrs perhaps).
- Make volunteering fun. No one wants to give up their most valuable asset, time, and spend it doing something that isn’t enjoyable to them. Not all volunteering roles may involve specific ‘fun’ tasks, but there should be an opportunity where the volunteer enjoys what they are doing.
- Be clear about what sort of organisation you are, and the impact volunteering has had on your volunteers. You might want to consider using case studies from the volunteers you already have. Case studies can also highlight what volunteers have gone on to do once they have come to the end of their time being a volunteer for you.
- Be as flexible as you can be. Recruiting and retaining volunteers is as much about meeting the volunteers needs, as it is the volunteer meeting the roles needs.
- Prove the impact. This is a huge incentive to attract and retain volunteers. See this article as an example.
Want to talk to us about volunteering? Contact the Volunteer Centre on 01922 619 840 or firstname.lastname@example.org