Where to find your new volunteers
Once your club has identified the roles needed and matched up your existing volunteers' skills with these you may still have some gaps? If so here are some idea’s on where you can look to fill these:
Volunteer Centres - Thousands of people walk through the doors of their local Volunteer Centre looking to give something back to the community. Around 20 per cent of these people state they would be interested in helping a sports organisation. Sadly, less than 5 per cent of the volunteering opportunities registered with the Volunteer Centres are from sports clubs or sports organisations.
This is an excellent place to find volunteers to help with things like website design, chairing skills or accountancy. Therefore, pop into your local volunteer centre to discuss your needs, they can help you put together adverts and then find volunteers with the right skills to fill these. To find your local centre please visit www.volunteeringengland.org or to register your opportunity direct visit www.do-it.org
Step Into Sport students - Step into Sport is an exciting scheme available to Young Leaders who are currently taking part in leadership courses. The scheme provides a pathway for those interested in the sporting industry to move from their schools to supporting sport in the local community.
To match this demand County Sports Partnerships are always on the look out for suitable clubs to host these placements. To find out more please contact the County Sports Partnership volunteer coordinators - details in the contact file below:
Business in the community (www.bitc.org.uk) - Business in the Community inspires, engages, supports and challenges companies to continually improve the impact they have on society and the environment. The support on offer ranges from business teams completing one off tasks within a community group (NatWest CricketForce) to www.prohelp.org.uk which offers community clubs with free professional advice.
For an in-depth list of volunteer agencies that will help you recruit volunteers see the volunteer organisations page.
- Clearly identify the volunteering roles your club/organisation requires
- Appoint a volunteer coordinator within your club as a single point of contact
- Be welcoming to new volunteers – remember you want to try and keep them