Factors to consider before involving volunteers
Things your organisation needs to consider before involving volunteers:
- Do we have adequate assigned workspace for the volunteer?
- Have we assigned a supervisor for the volunteer?
- Do we need to provide any orientation or training for our staff before they work with volunteers?
- Do we have a clear idea of the qualifications we will be looking for in a prospective volunteer?
- Do we know what training the volunteer will need to do the job the way we want it done?
- Do we have a firm description of the goals and objectives of the work to be done?
- Do we have an induction plan for the volunteer?
Factors to consider when planning a volunteer position:
- The volunteer role must be meaningful and significant.
- The tasks must be well defined.
- The 'Purpose' of the volunteers work must be identified.
- The volunteer ought to be able to feel some 'ownership' and 'responsibility' for the role.
- Volunteers must feel that they have some input into and control over the tasks they are asked to do.
- The tasks must fit a part-time situation. Either the tasks must be small enough in scope to be productively approached in a few hours a week, or else it must be designed to be shared among a group of volunteers.