Finding Volunteers Online: How to Get Started

If you’re looking to recruit volunteers online for the first time, deciding where to start can be a little overwhelming. Here are some local tips and a free step by step guide to get you started.

Finding the best volunteers, and keeping them, is no easy feat. There’s a variety of ways to get your opportunity out there, from adverts in windows to leaflets in letterboxes. You can contact the schools, universities and local businesses, and of course, you can speak to the folks at Voluntary Action Leeds.

However, if you’re looking to recruit volunteers online for the first time, deciding where to start can be a little overwhelming. There are so many websites out there that offer a variety of different services, so it can be difficult to know which ones to choose.

If you’re looking to post your local volunteering opportunities online, start with your Volunteer Centre. Volunteer Centre Leeds use Volunteer Connect, a platform and database that organisations can use to advertise their opportunities. There is a user guide available for registering with Volunteer Connect which you can find here

Volunteer Connect posts your opportunities on the website for you, and also includes them in the database for the staff at the Volunteer Centre. When potential volunteers pop in to the centre, your charity may be made known to them if it’s suitable. Volunteer Connect is a perfect starting point for any organisation.

Alongside this, in order to assist with your online recruitment, I’ve recently worked with Technology Trust to create a free introductory guide that takes you through the online recruitment process. It includes:

1. Things to think about before you start
2. Writing a compelling advert
3. A selection of websites for posting different roles
4. Sharing your advert with the right people & organisations online
5. Getting organised and using form builders
6. A few top tips
7. Finding what works for you
If you’d like to read the guide, you can find it here: How to Find the Best Volunteers Online

Recruiting online can take a little bit of setting up, but if you’re a lone Volunteer Coordinator like me, you can create a system that works for you and your organisation. Recruiting online is free and minimises printing and posting. If you’re a small charity it can be a great way to cut costs.

We’re so lucky in Leeds that we have such a fantastic Volunteer Centre and Volunteer Connect that will really assist you with finding volunteers.

If you have any questions about recruiting volunteers, you can call Volunteer Centre Leeds on 0113 395 0405. I’d love to know if you find the step by step guide useful, so do contact me or leave a comment below.
Happy searching!

Emma Bennett is a Volunteer Coordinator and Trustee for a local supplementary school and Charity Blogger. She works for High Speed Training who provide online Level 1 Safeguarding Training. Emma found her first volunteering opportunity in Leeds by dropping into Volunteer Centre Leeds. Tweet Emma @emm_benn

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