Recruiting volunteers into your organisation is important for its sustainability.
Strategies for recruiting volunteers
Creative strategies for recruiting volunteers – a quick reference guide:
- Produce volunteer information kits, including job descriptions for volunteer roles.
- Check past and present membership lists for potential volunteers.
- Conduct a skills audit of your organisation to identify potential volunteers.
- Provide new members with information on ways they can get involved with your organisation as a volunteer (include in membership information).
- Write a letter of invitation to members inviting them to volunteer.
- Organise recruitment drives using current volunteers to promote the club and its activities.
- Use the local community newspaper – classified ads, letters to the editor, feature articles.
- Produce posters, pamphlets or flyers that promote the club and the roles that volunteers are required for – distribute where potential volunteers may visit.
- Organise community notices on the radio.
- Talk to pre-retirement training sessions in commercial sectors.
- Promote your organisation and its activities as part of Year 11 and 12 physical education studies at the local high school.
- Offer young members the opportunity to take on the role of apprentice volunteers. Use existing and experienced volunteers as mentors.
- Promote your organisation and volunteer roles at local retirement villages and organisations.
- Advertise for volunteers on your organisation’s website.
- Contact Volunteering WA – utilise their volunteer referral service.
- Advertise for volunteers on the Volunteering WA's sports portal.
- Offer volunteers the opportunity to “job share” their volunteer role with a friend or partner.
Source: Recognising Volunteers – Active Australia Volunteer Management Program; Australian Sports Commission