#Volunteering @nolimitshelp What value volunteers?

Volunteering Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.” Marjorie Moore

It is my perception that volunteering seems to have become more acceptable and ‘OK’. This was borne out by some research that showed that the United Kingdom is now the 8th most charitable country in the world, according to new figures from the Charities Aid Foundation. We all know that a charity cannot succeed without a strong core of volunteers. I work as a Fundraiser for No Limits (and Promotion, Communications). The range of tasks undertaken by the volunteers (currently around 150) is huge as well as the skills that they have to offer. From receptionist to drop in from mentor to intern, from trustee to befriender. Even more pertinent is the actual financial benefit to our charity. In 2011/2012 we estimate that our then 114 volunteers contributed around 11,967 hours of time worth about £140,000. I was further reminded of our need to value our volunteers by an article written by Lissa Cook Community Sports Trust @Village_Games ‘Managing volunteers: The motivations and the pitfalls’. Lissa identified ten areas that charities need to think about if they want to recruit, keep and motivate their volunteers.

  • Take advantage of selfish motivations
  • Don’t wait for people to volunteer
  • Give everyone specific tasks
  • Cut out the unnecessary red tape
  • Recognise when people want to take on more responsibilities
  • Learn how to deal with bureaucracy
  • Don’t make everyone sit round the committee table
  • Volunteers need managing too
  • Be patient
  • Define your responsibilities

At No Limits we value our volunteers. Can you help us? You can support No Limits in a variety of ways. If you want to volunteer go to http://nolimitshelp.org.uk/page/volunteering

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