People volunteer for various reasons, therefore to attract and retain volunteer link workers, attention must be given to their reasons for volunteering.
Two broad categories of volunteer link workers.
1. Those of state pension age
2. Those NOT of state pension age
The needs of volunteers in the 2 categories may not be the same. For instance, category 2 volunteer link workers may not have a FREE freedom bus pass for travelling and may require travel subsistence.
To attract and retain volunteer link workers consider these 11 questions.
1. What mix of volunteers are you attracting and is the mix representative of the population you are serving?
2. How flexible is your volunteering programme?
3. Do you know your volunteer motivations and aspirations for volunteering?
4. How do you engage with volunteers and make them feel valued?
5. Is there an opportunity to return to volunteering?
6. What provision is available for volunteer subsistence? No volunteer should be out of pocket as a result of volunteering
7. Do you have a minimum period for volunteering? E.g. 6months
8. How attractive is your volunteering programme and what do volunteers get in return for volunteering? See link worker courses
9. What development opportunities and support are available for volunteers? See link worker courses
10. Are you utilising your volunteer skills and knowledge? You can actually create different roles to account for this if there is interest
11. How do you keep volunteers informed of impact and progress?
For more information on how to attract and retain volunteer link workers email firstname.lastname@example.org or for link worker training visit https://elearning.connectlink.org