Training and resources

Recruiting Volunteers


Volunteers and the Law



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Motivating & Keeping Volunteers


Tendering & Measuring the Impact of Volunteering


Including Volunteers

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Further information for Volunteer Managers


Connecting with Volunteers



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We have compiled some useful resources to support volunteer coordinators and managers. You can jump to the topic you are interested in by clicking on the links above, or alternatively scroll down to view all of our resources.

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Recruiting Volunteers

Do-it is a national database of volunteer opportunities. Advertise your opportunities by completing a volunteer opportunity registration form on our website or register with do-it directly. Visit the do-it website.

Some top tips on recruiting an retaining students volunteers are available from the NCVO blog. Read the recruiting and retaining student volunteers blog post.

This Guardian article explores the reasons for creating tailor-made volunteering opportunities. Read about creating bespoke volunteering opportunities.

Do-it and Small Charities Coalition have produced an online Trustee Finder.  articles on how to add opportunites are also available. Articles on how to add trustee oppportunities are available at the bottom of the page.

NCVO have produced an easy-read translation of their Good Trustee guide to provide information about trustees and boards to people with learning difficulties.

Reach's TrusteeWorks service connects charities with skilled volunteers. Visit the Reach website for more information.

ProHelp is a network of professional firms who are committed to making a difference in their community by offering their services for free to community organisations in need of support. - See more at:
ProHelp is a network of professional firms who are committed to making a difference in their community by offering their services for free to community organisations in need of support. - See more at:
ProHelp is a network of professional firms who are committed to making a difference in their community by offering their services for free to community organisations in need of support. - See more at:

ProHelp from Business in the Community, is a network of professional firms who are committed to making a difference in their community by offering their services for free to community organisations in need of support. The website also has free online resources aimed at helping the voluntary sector. Visit the ProHelp webpages.

The Cranfield Trust provide Charities with skilled business volunteers to help them become more effective and sustainable. Find out more about their matching service by visiting the Cranfield Trust website.

Pilotlight is a unique, capacity building charity offering free tailored strategic planning support to charities and social enterprises that are tackling disadvantage in the UK. Visit the Pilotlight website for more information.    

CITA IT Project Delivery service will be launching this summer. Sign up to be notified when the project is live.

Media Trust have a volunteer matching service, connecting media and communications professionals with community and voluntary organisations. Visit the Media Trust website to find out more.

NCVO have been working in partnership with the Home Office and Kindred Agency to develop a series of factsheets for organisations sending volunteers to refugee and migrant camps in Europe. The factsheets contain good practice and relevant resources on volunteer recruitment and understanding irregular migration.

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Volunteers and the Law

Volunteer Centre Salford runs a one day Volunteering and the Law course several times a year. Ideal if you manage volunteers and would like to find out more about the law and good practice as it effects volunteering. The training is delivered by experienced Consultant and Trainer Neil Irving. Check our training pages for dates of the next course.

NCVO have guidance on volunteering and benefits on their website.

Or you can view the government’s guidance on volunteering, rights and expenses here.

The HSE has published the top ten worst health and safety myths to try and clarify what is actually required by Health and Safety Law. Read the top ten myths on the HSE website.

Know How Non Profit has guidance on volunteers from overseas.

Find out which services are offered by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), formally known as CRB, including fees and guidance on applications, and how the referrals process works. Detailed guides are also available on the DBS webpages

Guidance on the DBS application process for volunteers and the cost of volunteer DBS checks with Salford CVS is available on our DBS webpage.

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Our safeguarding pages have useful information on adult and child safeguarding, inlcuding policy templates, and guidance regarding the Salford Safeguarding Standards. Visit our safeguarding webpage for more information.

Salford CVS also regularly runs Basic Adult Safeguarding and Child Protection and Safeguarding Awareness courses. Check our training programme for dates of the next courses.

The Salford City Partnership website has information regarding the local Safeguarding Children Board, case reviews, safe working practices and lots more information and resources for organisations who work with children and young people in Salford. Visit the Salford Safeguarding Children Board for more details.

The Safe Network closed on 1 April 2016, however you can still read their information and advice on safeguarding children on this NSPCC webpage.

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Motivating & Keeping Volunteers

Our Heart of Salford Awards are a great opportunity to recognise and thank your volunteers. Find out more about our 2015 Awards Ceremony.

You can also thank your volunteers with our 100 Hours Recognition Scheme. Register your volunteers for a certificate of thanks here.

Volunteers' Week is an annual celebration of the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK, this year it's taking place from the 1st - 12th June 2016. Sign up to receive your Volunteers' Week resources pack.

NCVO have produced a quick guide to provides tips and advice on the best ways to thank your volunteers, how often and to whom you demonstrate gratitude should be as integral to your volunteer management strategy as their recruitment, training and ret ention. The guide is free for NCVO members or £6.98 for non-members. Download your copy from the NCVO website. You can view an extract from the guide on the Know How Non-Profit website.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK. View the 2015 Queen's Award recipients here.

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Tendering and Measuring the Impact of Volunteering

Visit the Social Value section of our website to find out more about measuring the impact of volunteering for your organisation. Our Measuring Outcomes page has a breakdown of environment, economic and social outcomes resources.

You can also read NCVO's response to the review of the Social Value Act here.

NCVO have produced a practical guide for assessing the difference that volunteering makes. Download a copy of the Volunteering Impact Assessment Toolkit on their website.  The toolkit costs £42 for members or £60 for non members.

The King’s Fund have published a report considering the role and value of volunteers in health and social care. It looks at the important part that volunteers play in improving patient experience, addressing health inequalities, and building a closer relationship between services and communities. Download a copy of the report.

NCVO have published an article on the VCSE sector and Public Services. Outlining how the voluntary sector can help to transform public services – not just by delivering services but also by shaping service design, and supporting user and volunteer involvement in services. Read in full on the NCVO website.

Volunteering and Public Services (RSA) Report 2015.

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Including Volunteers

Scope have a short resource on why volunteer-involving organisations should be inclusive and how to make sure you are inclusive. Read in full on the Scope website.

Know How Non Profit have a five step guide on how to develop an inclusive supported volunteering scheme. View the inclusive volunteering guide here.

In his blog Matt from NCVO examines the evidence behind barriers to volunteering for over 75s – and what we can do to overcome them.

Paul and Kristen from NCVO discuss how government can help unemployed people get back in the job market by supporting unemployed people to volunteer.

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Further information for Volunteer Managers

Join NCVO and you, your colleagues, volunteers and board members will get the guidance, information and tools to help your organisation achieve more. Apply for NCVO membership here.

Ivo connects volunteer managers and social action leaders. You can meet and network with volunteering professionals and post questions to get help from the ivo community or join the latest conversation topic. Sign up to ivo here.

The Guardian have produced a round up of their experts' advice on how you can manage your volunteers cost-effectively. Read the full article here.

Find out what volunteers hate about volunteering in this article; from unanswered emails to unnecessary paperwork. Read the full article here.

This handy guide on job subsitution from Know How Non Profit helps to clarify the distinction between volunteers and employees.

The Community How To website helps VCSE sector organisations find digital tools to help them do more of what they do best, and share their ideas and experience with others. Visit the website to find out more about the support available.

Volunteer Centre Salford, with guidance from the national volunteering body NCVO (Volunteering England), have produced a Good Practice Guide featuring examples of good practice from around Salford. You can download a copy of the guide here.

Volunteering Edinburgh have produced a comprehensive set of guides around Good Practice, including advanced volunteers management and specialist information. View the Good Practice Guides and resource packs on their website.

Follow Thoughtful Thursdays on twitter with #ttvolmgrs, each week there is a new theme for volunteer managers to share experiences and expertise on. This is also featured on the ivo website.

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Connecting with Volunteers

Article on using social media to connect with volunteers from The Guardian, with The Clare Foundation providing insight into how their organisation has used social media to personalise their work. Read in full here.

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Visit our micro-volunteering page to find out more about micro-volunteering and links to useful resources.

Find out if any of your volunteering opportunities be broken down into micro-volunteering opportunities with this Know How Non-Profit guide.

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