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It's important that involving volunteers supports your organisation's mission and aims.
A volunteer strategy shows your organisation is serious about volunteering. It helps everyone understand your vision for volunteers and why you're involving them.
A volunteering strategy sets out what you want to achieve with volunteering and how.
It explains how volunteers will contribute to the organisation’s aims. It also covers how it will find, recruit and support them.
It can be part of your organisational strategy or separate.
To make sure your strategy supports your aims, it should answer these questions.
Speak to a range of people to help you write your strategy.
It’s a good idea to give people different ways to contribute to your strategy. For example, you could hold focus groups and do an online survey. Ask the people you want to reach how they would like to share their views.
You can also bring in an external consultant to help develop your strategy. Find out about NCVO's strategic volunteering consultancy.
It's important to make sure volunteering is part of your organisation's financial planning. This will help make sure you have the resources to meet your volunteer strategy.
Depending on the size of your organisation, resourcing requirements might include:
You'll need to discuss your volunteering strategy with those responsible for resource planning. Make sure they understand and support it.
Use reports and research about volunteering and the voluntary sector to help you write your strategy.
Here are some examples that may help you.
You should review your volunteering strategy with the people who helped you write it on at least an annual basis. This will keep it up-to-date and relevant to the organisation's strategic direction.
Reviewing your strategy will help you respond to trends and changes in volunteering. It'll help you overcome challenges and develop volunteering further in your organisation.
Last reviewed: 12 April 2021Help us improve this content
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