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Volunteer centres

The main function of a volunteer centre is to match up local volunteering opportunities with the interests of individuals or groups who would like to volunteer. They also promote the concept of volunteering to the local community. Volunteer centres can give you advice about your local community, such as events or festivals that might be happening, and can let you know what other organisations have done to actively recruit volunteers.

By making use of volunteer centres, you will be targeting people who are already willing to give up some of their time to help an organisation – all you have to do is sell Scouting as the right organisation for them.

Top tips

Case studies

Lancashire scouts

‘We have had some success with the CVS (Community and Voluntary Service) office in Clitheroe. I gave them ‘job descriptions’ for thel eaders of the various sections. Over the years they have referred about half a dozen people to us. Some stayed for a few years, while some did not stay with us for very long. We have also left various leaflets and flyers at the CVS office. The CVS also includes us when they advertise volunteering opportunities in the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times and the local free paper.’

Further information

Volunteering England (external link)

Volunteer Development, Scotland (external link)

Volunteer Development Agency, Northern Ireland (external link)

Volunteering Wales (external link)


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