Volunteer Management

04Oct 2012

Most heritage attractions work hard to increase the diversity and reach of their visitor offer. These efforts can also provide an opportunity to reach a more diverse group of potential volunteers.  For example, outreach programmes provide an opportunity to raise awareness and potentially draw volunteers from community groups into the museum or heritage site itself. […]

06Sep 2012

You would normally include some kind of informal, yet structured interview as part of a volunteer recruitment process. An informal interview is a two way process. Prospective volunteers will be making judgements about whether they want to give their time to your organisation. You need to make a good impression on them, as well as […]

04Sep 2012

Volunteers give their time freely, but they still need to deliver what is needed by your service users, and uphold your organisation’s values and reputation. In return, you want to ensure that the volunteer will gain what they need from the role, whether it’s a sense of personal achievement, social involvement or help with their […]

14Aug 2012

We all know that volunteers don’t come forward for financial reward, but most people want to be recognised in other ways. The best volunteer managers and co-ordinators use a variety of approaches, tailoring them to the preferences of volunteers and the realities of the budget! In our training, we ask people to think about these […]

13Aug 2012

As a volunteer manager, should your professional development be focused on competencies, or strengths? Competencies are the things that you DO in your job, observable descriptions of behaviour.  There is a national competency framework for the management of volunteers, the National Occupational Standards(1), and you may well work in an organisation with its own competencies. […]