Looking for Volunteers?

Get your message out

If you're from a voluntary organisation and have a voluntary opportunity to promote or are looking for volunteers then our Centres in Camberley, Chertsey and Staines are on hand to help.

  • Represent you at local forums we attend in Runnymede, Spelthorne and Surrey Heath and champion your causes.

  • Provide free or low-cost training locally on a variety of topics including fundraising, managing volunteers, charity law and social media.

  • Advise on how to set up and run a voluntary or community organisation, including information on legal structures, charitable status and constitutions and policies and procedures. If you are thinking of starting a charity, there is guidance on The Charity Commission website which will help you decide whether this is the right thing to do. We can talk through the various options and support you through the processes.

  • Promote your volunteer roles and events on our website www.voluntarysupport.org.uk 

  • Give you a shop front to advertise your services, needs and events via our offices and social media.

  • Invite you to network at our community events.

  • Send you our regular bulletins and up to date funding and charity related news

  • Give you details of other voluntary and community organisations in Spelthorne, Surrey Heath and Runnymede and give you information about our borough and county agencies.  

  • Help you with local funding support and advice.

  • Offer DBS checks for your volunteers and employees

  • Provide meeting space and office accommodation

Tell us about your volunteer opportunities

If you're from a voluntary organisation and have a voluntary opportunity to promote please complete our Organisation and Opportunity Registration Form or contact us directly for assistance.

 

We will then publicise your opportunity on our website and use it to match volunteers to your specific requirements. When potential volunteers see your opportunity, they will contact us using the details you have given to discuss the position. If you wish, it is possible for you to manage your own Volunteer Plus account. Please speak to us if you wish to consider this. 

 

It is important to write compelling role descriptions for display on our website, that will help you to recruit suitable candidates for your volunteer roles. Being clear about roles makes recruitment easier and means that potential volunteers understand the volunteering opportunity available. A straight-forward role description that sets out clearly the skills, experience and time commitment required means that organisations are more likely to attract volunteers with the most to contribute to each role.

Volunteer Expenses

You are under no legal obligation to pay any expenses to volunteers. However, it is good practice to pay out of pocket expenses such as travel. We strongly recommend that organisations do reimburse where possible. Please note it is important for you as an organisation to only ever pay expenses that the volunteer has paid themselves, any money over this could have legal implications for yourself and the volunteer.

Managing Volunteers

We can provide you with good practice support and training around volunteer management More specifically in the management of volunteers we can help you with volunteer inductions; volunteer training; support & supervision and motivation. Read the guidance from NCVO on Managing Volunteers.

Volunteer Policy

We recommend you have a volunteer policy which sets out clearly your expectations from the volunteers and in turn how you expect to manage them. A volunteer policy is the foundation on which your organisation’s involvement of volunteers should be based. It should form the basis of your entire volunteer programme, giving cohesion and consistency to all the elements in your organisation that affect volunteers (recruitment, expenses, health and safety and so on). It is the key to involving a diversity of volunteers, because it helps to define the role of volunteers within the organisation, and how they can expect to be treated. Read the guidance from NCVO on Volunteer Policies.

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Useful Information 

National Council for Voluntary Organisations
www.ncvo-vol.org.uk

Charities Commission
www.charitycommission.gov.uk

For more details on our services please call or email info@voluntarysupport.org.uk