Downloads for Volunteers
Interested in volunteering but short on time? Consider taking up virtual volunteering! Many organisations now offer volunteering roles that can be carried out from the comfort of the volunteer’s home. If you are a highly skilled IT, Communications or Marketing professional, virtual volunteering could be ideal for you.
Produced in partnership by Volunteer Ireland and the Union of Students in Ireland, this guide provides third-level students in Ireland with an introduction to volunteering. ‘Make a change – become a volunteer!’ highlights ways in which students can volunteer, the benefits of volunteering and case studies of some inspiring student volunteers.
Deciding to give your time to volunteer for an organisation is an important and wonderful choice. When looking for a suitable volunteer role, most people focus on the role itself and the tasks required. It’s also important to do your research on the organisation you want to volunteer with. This guide lays out what you can do to make sure you have a positive volunteering experience, and what to do if it doesn’t go as planned.
Downloads for Organisations
Your organisation’s view on the role of volunteers and what they can bring to your organisation will determine how you manage and involve them. The most successful organisations involve rather than use volunteers. It is good practice to reflect this in all your communications and to remember that volunteering is a two-way relationship –one that should benefit both the volunteer and the organisation.
A key starting point to setting up a new volunteer programme is to remind yourself why your organisation involves volunteers in the first place and identify what exactly you want to achieve through involving volunteers. A clear vision and understanding as to how volunteers can contribute to your organisation will help determine how you support, involve and manage your volunteers.
Volunteer Centres help individuals find meaningful volunteer opportunities within the local community and work to build the capacity of community and voluntary organisations to involve volunteers effectively. They provide a high quality volunteer placement service in a friendly and professional manner, offering professional support, advice and training to volunteer-involving organisations.
A reference check is a key step in the volunteer recruitment and screening process. Checking references verifies details gathered from the volunteer during the application and interview process and helps assess the applicant’s suitability for the role. References can be given over the phone or in writing. In some situations reference checks are an appropriate alternative to the Garda Vetting process. In other situations reference checks can complement the screening procedures already in place.
The interview is an essential step in the volunteer screening and selection process and provides an opportunity for both the organisation and volunteer to learn more about one another. The interview is invaluable in assessing if the applicant is a good “fit” for your organisation. It is important to remember that an interview is a two-way process and, even though a volunteer attends an interview, it does not mean they have fully decided to volunteer with your organisation. Therefore, you should outline the benefits of volunteering with your organisation, the supports you can offer, and how the volunteer can help further your mission and aims.