So, you’ve got a volunteer vacancy. What next? Where do you find your volunteers?
*If you need information about recruiting/managing volunteers in response to the COVID-19 situation, you can find advice and guidance here.*
Making sure you advertise your volunteer vacancy in the right places can make a big difference to finding the right volunteers. Your potential volunteers need to be able to find your vacancy so think about who you’re trying to attract and how you can reach them. Can you use your own personal contacts? Are there noticeboards in local shops, libraries, colleges or your community centre that you could use? What about local magazines or social media?
To advertise your vacancy, you’ll need a role description describing your volunteer opportunity. If you’re not sure how to write one, visit our developing volunteer opportunities page.
We’ve identified some of the best places to advertise your volunteer opportunities – and most them are free to use.
Buckinghamshire Volunteer Matching Service
This is run by Community Impact Bucks in partnership with Buckinghamshire Council and The Clare Foundation.
We contact volunteers by phone to collect information and help us create a pool of volunteers. We match volunteers from this pool with organisations in need of volunteers.
The UK’s national volunteering database, Do-it.org, makes it easy for anyone to volunteer in their community. People looking for volunteer roles can browse for opportunities by location, keywords and organisation. Registering your vacant volunteer roles is free and easy. Simply go to Do-it.org and get started. We are partners with Do-it and live stream the latest roles on this website.
Here are 3 guides to help you use Do-it:
Additional support from Do-it.
Please ensure that you keep your Do-it account up-to-date by selecting one of the following 3 options when you know how you will be proceeding with each applicant:
Placed Not placed Forget (to remove volunteer’s application details)
Remember to delete roles when they are no longer available.
We are partnered with Reach, the national organisation that connects charities and non-profits with skilled and experienced volunteers for free. If you’ve got vacancies for specialist skilled volunteers (e.g. marketing, fundraising, business planning, finance, IT etc), sign up with Reach and advertise your roles and get access to the thousands of skilled volunteers registered. We live stream the latest roles on this website.
Please ensure that you keep your Reach account up-to-date by selecting the placed option when an applicant has been successful.
Remember to close an opportunity when it has been filled, or select the suspend option if you want to temporarily remove it from the website.
Particularly useful for all different types of volunteering roles, CharityJob provides free advertising for voluntary roles for 90 days for a basic advert.
This is a charity specifically working in partnership with the creative and media industry to help other charities and community groups. They run Media Matching, a free service matching media and communications’ professionals to charities looking for support in getting their stories and voices heard, and Speed Matching, a free networking events where representatives from not-for-profit organisations get to meet face-to-face with media professionals looking to volunteer their time www.mediatrust.org.
ICAEW provide a volunteering platform specialising in Accountancy and Finance roles. www.icaewvolunteers.com
Career Volunteer helps you search for and recruit trustees, skilled volunteers, potential mentors, and board members for your charity, NGO or social enterprise. They offer a free 30-day listing. www.careervolunteer.co.uk
At a 90% discount on a job posting, registered not-for-profits can post volunteer opportunities. www.nonprofit.linkedin.com/volunteers.
These recruitment sites offer free basic adverts for volunteer roles: