If you think about it, there are few things someone can give or donate that is more valuable than their time.
Even if a volunteer is only showing up to do the smallest of tasks, that doesn’t make their time any less valuable or worth being grateful for!
You should plan ahead what you want your volunteers to do and have all the tools they will require before they arrive. Don’t waste time preparing when they arrive, be ready well before and have scheduled activities in advance, so people can plan around them.
Remember to ALWAYS have a plan B just in case something doesn’t go quite right. Mistakes are easily made, people have other commitments they sometimes can't get out of and the British weather is most definitely not reliable.
- Growth - to provide training and the opportunity to learn new skills and feel they come away with both pride and knowledge in the work they’ve done
- Impact - this is to allow volunteers to interact with beneficiaries to see the difference they’re making and see why it’s worth their time
- Voice - a reminder to think about the way you ask people to volunteer, they will have limits to how much they can help!
- Experience- make finding, enrolling and participating in programmes easy and flexible for any person who wants to help can, without difficulty
- Recognition - the two magic words we’ve touched on before: say thank you!
- Social Factors - encourage socialising with other volunteers, staff and beneficiaries around to come together as a community who are all there for the same reason, no matter who they are or where they come from
These 5 simple tips should help you retain more volunteers in your organisation.
Remember that they are people too.
People who have dedicated their time and effort into supporting your cause through nothing but goodwill!
Get to know these people, get to know why they are passionate about your charity, and make a presence online to grow your followings and supporters so that there are always new people wanting to offer their time to work with you achieving your amazing mission.
Want to know other ways to help you retain your volunteers? This is part of a series on Volunteer retention.