|What have you learnt about engaging volunteers, over the past 18 months?
We recently spoke with Roy Bustin, Volunteer Co-ordinator for the East Midlands region of Diabetes UK. Roy has been successful in both recruiting new volunteers, and increasing volunteer engagement during the Covid-19 period.
In this interview Roy shares some of his learning from the experience. A key message is the need for flexibility and trying things out. Not everything you try will work. Instead it’s worth taking the approach of experimenting and viewing the outcome as an opportunity for learning. And in the process, you may find interesting ways to increase volunteer engagement. This includes fresh ideas, that you may want to retain after lockdown is lifted.
You can find out more about the work of Diabetes UK via the website diabetes.org.uk or on social media @DiabetesUK or @DiabetesUKMidsE for the East Midlands.
How about you?
The constraints of lockdown have inspired creative thinking and new approaches. What ideas and strategies have you used to engage your volunteers at a distance?