Volunteer roles and recruitment

From Our Toolkit

Before you recruit volunteers to your organisation make sure that you have in place a Volunteer Policy and a Volunteer Handbook. This will help you to write your role descriptions and once volunteers are recruited support and value your volunteers.

Writing volunteer role descriptions

The West Midlands Museum Development: A toolkit for developing a new volunteer initiative includes:

  • a volunteer role description template
  • information about marketing and advertising the volunteer role
  • templates for application forms and reference requests
  • and an interview checklist

Recruiting volunteers

NCVO’s Involving Volunteering has a useful section on recruiting and welcoming volunteers it includes information on what to think about when writing a advert.

Advertising for volunteers

You can advertise for volunteers through a wide range of channels including:

  • your local volunteer bureau (You can find this via the NAVCA site)
  • your museum development service, they will have a website and also send out regular news letters (You can find your local MD service via the Museum Development site)
  • your local library
  • local newletters
  • your own networks
  • social media
  • own website
  • at your organisation

Further suggestions can be found on the South East Museum Development’s – Top Tips on Promoting your Volunteer Opportunities.

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