Clarifying the purpose of the volunteer role is key to successful engagement.
Why is the volunteer role needed? Is it:
- An existing role that a current volunteer can no longer do?
- Going to support the team complete tasks that no one has the capacity to complete?
- A role which your existing team doesn’t have the expertise to do?
- A support role to another?
- To create a shared role to reduce dependency on one another?
- Supporting a one-off event or fundraiser?
Here you will need to assess what resources will be required to support this volunteer role through engagement with TSA.
- Recruitment: who will be responsible?
- Equipment: do you have all the necessary equipment and resources required?
- Induct: can you, or someone in your team adequately complete all required induction items?
- Supervision: can you or someone in your team supervise the volunteer and be a point of support and contact?
To prepare recruiting for a volunteer, take the time to articulate your needs in a Volunteer Role Profile.
A Role Profile:
- Explains what skills, attributes, experience, and qualifications the successful volunteer needs to possess to succeed
- States the boundaries, expectation and standards of the volunteer, role, line manager and TSA
- Time requirements
- Enable an objective recruitment process
- Aids with performance management
- Clearly identifies what background checks are required
Justice Connect is another great resource you can refer to for additional information on legal risks.