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Recruiting & Managing Volunteers

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TSL Kirklees Volunteering is the accredited Volunteer Centre for Kirklees. Our expert team can help you think through the tasks that you need doing and find the best way of using volunteers to get them done.

Take a look at our FAQs below, or get in touch to get some help.

Support & training for volunteer managers

Volunteer Managers can sign up to our TSL Kirklees Volunteer Managers Network for free training, development, peer support and sharing of best practice. The network meets every couple of months.

Sign up to the network

We also put on regular workshops throughout the year on things like:

  • Safeguarding
  • Leadership
  • Inclusion and Diversity

Keep an eye on our Training and Events page to see what’s on.

show volunteering best practice

If you want to demonstrate your commitment to quality volunteering and best practice, your organisation can apply for the Kirklees Volunteering Quality Award. this is a partnership between TSL Kirklees Volunteering, Kirklees Council and our Volunteer Managers Network.

Groups that achieve the standard can display a KVQA certificate and badge, and will be listed as Kirklees Volunteering Quality Award holders on any volunteering roles that they advertise with us.

The award has to be renewed every 3 years.

Get in touch to find out more.

finding suitable volunteers

Once you’ve decided on your role and the sort of volunteers you need, you can advertise your roles with us, for free. Your organisation needs to be registered on our website, and you need to have certain Policies and Procedures in place.

All volunteering roles go onto our Volunteering Opportunities Board, are shared on our TSL Kirklees Volunteering social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram), and are sent out at the beginning of every month to our mailing list of potential volunteers.

We also go to careers fairs and events at local schools, colleges and Huddersfield University to promote volunteering opportunities. And we hold our own Volunteering Fair every year, usually in Volunteers’ Week (1st to 7th June).

connecting with business volunteers

Our team can match you with local businesses and organisations who would like to give back to their communities.

We work with both big organisations like Locala and Kirklees Council who let their employees have a set amount of paid time off from work every year to volunteer, and smaller ones that want to share some time or expertise. Some might come on their own to help with things like IT or fundraising, others might come as part of a team-building or team away day to do a DIY or gardening project.

We also partner with One Community Foundation to put people in touch with individual businesspeople who have skills and time to share.

Get in touch to find out more or find a business that can help.

recruiting trustees

We can advertise trustee roles for you on both our Volunteering Opportunities Board and our standard Jobs Board. Any roles added to our Jobs Board will be shared in our monthly Third Sector Newsletter and on our TSL Kirklees social media (Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn).

We also run yearly Trustee Recruitment events and campaigns as part of Trustees’ Week (1st to 5th November).

Expert Help

What do I need to think about when advertising for volunteers?

You need to think about whether your volunteering roles need to be:

  • regular,
  • one-off,
  • flexible
  • or can be done remotely,
  • whether you need people with certain skills or experience (such as fundraisers, trustees and committee members.)
  • whether the role is suitable for young people needing work experience or doing things like Duke of Edinburgh Awards
  • whether you could host a group or team from a business or larger organisation who could work together to get something done quickly.

What policies and procedures do I need in place?

As the accredited Volunteer Centre for Kirklees, we have to make sure that you have the appropriate policies and procedures in place to keep your volunteers safe and looked after. These are:

  • Equal Opps Policy/Statement
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Insurance Cover for Volunteers
  • Safeguarding Policy
  • Volunteer Expenses
  • Volunteer Induction
  • Volunteer Policy
  • Volunteer Training/Support

But don’t worry if you don’t have the right ones, aren’t sure or don’t know where to start – our team can help you with best practice advice and templates/samples.

If you want to advertise your volunteering roles with us, you’ll have to confirm that you have all these before you can start to add your opportunities to the website.

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