1. Know your opportunities
- Be sure your volunteer opportunities are integral to achieving your group or organisations' aims and objectives
- Prepare volunteer role descriptions which clearly explain what is involved
- Acquaint yourself thoroughly with each opportunity, including its purpose, responsibilities, and what the value of the experience is for the volunteer
2. Create a clear path to your door
- Put together a process for application and screening and don't start recruiting until everything is in place
- Ensure that everyone involved in the organisation knows who to direct enquiries to
- Respond promptly. Aim to answer initial enquiries within 24 hours
3. Make your recruitment message "user-friendly"
- Produce publicity that answers the volunteer's unspoken question: "Why should I volunteer for you? not your need -"Why you should volunteer for us"
- In your publicity, answer other typical questions that new recruits ask: "What will I be doing? How often and when? Where?"
- Reassure volunteers that they will be trained and that you will support them
- Avoid words like "need" and "desperate" that scare volunteers away
4. Get your message out
- Consider all available methods including word of mouth, leaflets and posters, talks and presentations, local newsletters, websites, local media coverage