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What does a Volunteer Organiser do?

Volunteer organisers, co-ordinators and managers, recruit, train and manage volunteers. Organisers are usually paid and work with unpaid volunteers to provide additional support services in hospitals, social service departments and voluntary organisations.

Organisers interview prospective volunteers, matching individuals to vacancies, arranging training where necessary, and providing ongoing support. They may also be responsible for providing advice, information and resources to volunteers.

Their duties usually include administration, maintaining records and accounts, writing letters and reports, dealing with grant applications, managing budgets and organising fundraising. It may include attending committees, supervising paid staff, giving talks, and arranging advertising and publicity.

In smaller organisations staff need to be multi-skilled, as their role may be wider ranging. Additional tasks could include project management, policy development and outreach work with external organisations.

What's the working environment like working as a Volunteer Organiser?

Full-time volunteer organisers work 35 to 37 hours a week Monday to Friday; evening and weekend work may be required. Some posts are part-time and flexitime is common.

The work is office-based but is likely to involve travelling to meetings with people from other organisations and to visit volunteers.

What does it take to become a Volunteer Organiser?

To be a volunteer organiser you should:

  • be able to relate to people from a wide range of backgrounds
  • have excellent spoken communication skills for interviewing, managing and training volunteers
  • be able to lead and motivate others with enthusiasm and a positive, outgoing attitude
  • have initiative, determination and adaptability
  • be committed to the issues the organisation deals with
  • have tact and patience
  • have administration and basic computer skills
  • have good numeracy skills for budgeting and keeping accounts.

Volunteer Organiser Career Opportunities

The main employers are local and national voluntary organisations and hospitals, hospices, community health and social services departments. Local volunteer bureaux function like employment agencies, matching prospective volunteers to organisations needing their services.

Entry is competitive, even though opportunities are increasing. Promotion prospects are limited. Short-term contracts are common and moves are often sideways, to a similar position in another organisation. However, this type of work can be a good background for related careers, such as social work, and for other posts within the voluntary sector.

Further information

If you would like to know anything about Volunteer Organiser that does not appear on Hotcourses, further information can be found below.

Volunteering England
New Oxford House
16 Waterloo Street
B2 5UG
Tel: 0845 305 6979

Volunteer Development Scotland
Stirling Enterprise Park
Tel: 01786 479593

Working for a Charity
Regent's Wharf
8 All Saints Street
N1 9RL
Tel: 020 7520 2512

Workforce Hub
Regent's Wharf
8 All Saint's Street
N1 9RL
Tel: 020 7713 6161

Facts and Stats:

  • 22 million adults take part in a voluntary activity each year
  • Total sales of tickets since the launch of the National Lottery in November 1994 up to June 22nd 1999 have been £22.9 billion.
  • If all the volunteers from The Samaritans lay down end to end the line would stretch for 20 miles, the distance travelled, through air, by a cry of pain in 100 seconds

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