Volunteers are extremely important to aid the development of volleyball across the country. Without these individuals, the sport simply would not exist.
Whether you are available every week or every now and then, we are always looking for volunteers to get involved. If you are interested in volunteering, please complete the expression of interest form here and a member of staff will be in touch.
Given that volunteers are essential to the effective running of volleyball clubs, it is recommended that clubs consider appointing a club volunteer coordinator. The volunteer coordinator is a designated person within your club, looking after volunteer management and supporting the recruitment of volunteers which can bring enormous benefits to your club.
The role of the club volunteer coordinator could focus on:
- Recruiting new volunteers
- Getting to know the club membership
- Spreading the workload across a variety of people
- Identifying the volunteer needs of the club
- Rewarding and developing current volunteers
- Providing feedback to help people be effective in their roles
- Creating a stronger, more sustainable club/association
As communication is the key to success in recruiting and engaging new volunteers, Sport England's Buddle have resources available to guide clubs on how to effectively communicate with volunteers.
Welcoming your new volunteers is vital to making a good first impression. A well-planned welcome process, or induction, can help a new volunteer feel supported, informed, valued, and can enable them to make a contribution straight away.
- Induction guide - induction of a new volunteer should be a planned process and is an important part of making volunteers feel welcomed and valued.
- Induction checklist - the priority when introducing a new volunteer to the volleyball family and their role is to give them a full induction. Keep it as light-touch as possible, only include the information essential to their role, make sure they understand and are happy with what is being asked of them
- Shadow or handover process in place
- Ongoing support by committee and/or volunteer coordinator.
Retain & Reward
Volunteers are more likely to stay within the sport if they have a fun, enjoyable and rewarding experience. There are some small things you can do to retain volunteers in your club:
Make sure you communicate regularly
Setting aside some time to communicate with, and more importantly, listen to your volunteers is vital. Regular communication provides you with the opportunity to:
- Keep them updated on news & development
- Provide the opportunity to raise any concerns and for volunteers to ask questions
- Connect with them regularly through their preferred method of contact i.e. face to face, email, text, social media or phone
Provide volunteers with opportunities to attend courses & workshops.
Recognise their contribution
This doesn’t have to be anything extravagant, sometimes its about the small things. It can go along way to make volunteers feel appreciated. Examples of this are:
- Volunteer award evening – end of season events via clubs or other organisations such as Volleyball England Annual Awards, Active Partnership awards etc.
- Personal thank you messages - either from someone who has benefited from volunteering, or perhaps from someone in a leadership position within the club
- Regular ‘shout-outs’ or claps at activity sessions- this is often has the most impact coming from the participants who have benefited from the volunteers’ efforts
- A ‘thank you’ from any members of your club including players/parents go along way!