I want to recruit new volunteers. How do I go about this?

The single most effective way to get someone the help out is to ask them. However, if you’re thinking about asking someone to help out, be clear on what the task is, how long it will take and why it is needed. Remember, a good quality experience is key to keeping volunteers and will be influenced by a wide range of factors. Organisations should consider how they can ensure ongoing support, recognition for volunteers’ contributions, address positive relationships/conflict within groups and involvement of volunteers in decision-making.

There are also lots of websites that can help. They offer both:

  • Tips and ideas on how to recruit
  • Places where you can advertise volunteer vacancies.

Tips and ideas

Our Club Matters website has lots of information about volunteering on its site, and if you register you can also access a downloadable guide on how to attract new volunteers.

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations offers some good tips on recruiting volunteers.

If your sport has a national governing body, it’s worth looking at their website as it may well have information. In some cases NGBs have a dedicated staff member that supports volunteer engagement and a volunteer scheme.  

Some Active Partnerships also have information on volunteer recruitment.

Advertising opportunities

Advertising online is just one way to find volunteers, but it’s an approach worth taking. There are lots of sites where you can advertise opportunities for free.

Do-it’s the UK’s national volunteering database. 

vInspired recruit 16 to 25 year olds into volunteer roles – you can advertise with them.

Volunteer Centres are a good way of advertising opportunities locally.

Join In helps to find volunteers for community sport. If you create a Join In club page, people will be able to search for your vacancy on the site. 

If you’re London-based, Team London is the mayor’s volunteering programme, which allows you to advertise opportunities for free.

See the following links for more information:

Club Matters - Finding volunteers

NCVO - Recruiting volunteers

Active Partnerships - Find your local AP

Do-it - Volunteering database

vInspired - Volunteer roles

NVCO - Find your local Volunteer Centre.

Join in - Create a club page

Team London - Advertise an opportunity