Finding and Supporting Volunteers

Volunteers Week 2024

Now in it’s 40th year, Volunteers’ Week is an annual event where we say thanks to all the inspirational people who give up their time to support our communities and inspire others to do the same. It’s also a great time to raise awareness of the incredible value and benefits of volunteering. VolunteersWeek.Scot offers a fantastic range of resources, guides and templates to help you show your appreciation and encourage more people to get involved!

Do you want to expand your volunteer community, create more inclusive opportunities or improve your volunteer experience? Check out our comprehensive list of support resources to help during Volunteers Week and beyond.


Recruiting Volunteers

Whether you’re seeking new board members, people with specialist skills or volunteers to help with service delivery, there are a variety of platforms to advertise and find suitable candidates. We’ve gathered the best places to go for general and specialist skills:

Volunteer Glasgow

Volunteer Glasgow is the central hub for volunteering in Glasgow. They provide an online portal listing opportunities and providing training and support for volunteers and voluntary organisations. They also offer networking opportunities and run a Volunteer Managers Forum on Slack. Visit volunteerglasgow.org

Volunteer Scotland

Volunteer Scotland is the national centre for volunteering in Scotland. If your opportunity extends beyond Glasgow, you can promote it here. They have a wide range of resources, toolkits and guidance on their site as well as providing PVG and disclosure services if your volunteers will be working with vulnerable groups. Visit volunteerscotland.net

Inspiring Scotland Specialist Volunteer Network 

Inspiring Scotland’s Specialist Volunteer Network is a free resource for third-sector organisations, providing support wherever it is needed most. A common way to use this service is to cover gaps in organisational knowledge or skills which could be out of reach otherwise. Visit inspiringscotland.org.uk

City of Glasgow College: City SA’s Volunteering HUB

City SA’s Volunteering HUB is a platform accessible to all City of Glasgow college students to view volunteering opportunities. Become a registered partner to advertise your opportunities at citysa.co.uk

University of Strathclyde Students Union: Volunteer Portal

Strathclyde Students Union also offers a platform accessible for students to find volunteering opportunities of all kind. Register your organisation to advertise your opportunities at strathunion.com

University of Glasgow Students Union: Volunteer Portal

The University of Glasgow also encourages its students to get involved with volunteering. They advertise opportunities at glasgowunisrc.org. Contact volunteering@src.gla.ac.uk to list your organisation.

GCVS Notice Board

GCVS Members can share their volunteer opportunities on our notice board for free. If you’re not currently a member and would like to join our community visit our membership page. Standard Membership is free for organisations with no paid staff and gives you access to other exclusive benefits such as our community lottery where you can raise extra funds for your cause.

Group of students meeting to discuss new ideas.

Building Diversity in Volunteering

THRE-Third Sector Human Rights and Equalities

THRE is a Scotland-wide project Supporting third sector organisations in Scotland to take a Human Rights and Equalities First Approach in their work. Access free resources and training that will help you embed human rights into the development and culture of your volunteer recruitment and programmes. Visit thre.org.uk.

Make Your Mark in Volunteering

Make Your Mark aims to increase the number and diversity of heritage volunteers in Scotland. They provide a wealth of resources to help you develop inclusive volunteering programme. Those who sign up to their Expression of Commitment can access their volunteer portal where you can advertise your opportunities for free. Visit makeyourmark.scot

Trustee Recruitment Cycle

The Trustee Recruitment Cycle offers accessible and practical guides with the tools, advice and case studies to help you recruit trustees and diversify your board. Developed by Reach Volunteering in collaboration with Association of Chairs, Small Charities Coalition and Getting on Board.

ProjectScotland

Project Scotland is a national youth organisation which provides opportunities for young people to realise their potential through volunteering. They do this by partnering with Third Sector organisations who are looking for volunteers to create structured volunteering programmes for young people aged between 16 and 30. Become a partner at projectscotland.co.uk

#YouthVIP

#YouthVIP is a multi-organisation initiative to promote inclusive and participatory youth volunteering across Scotland. They provide useful resources and guidance both for young people, and organisations including the #YouthVIP toolkit a great starting point for any organisation looking to engage with young volunteers. Visit YouthVIP.scot

Volunteer Management Resources

VolunteerWiki

Volunteer Wiki is an excellent resource developed by Volunteer Edinburgh and Volunteer Glasgow that offers managers access to information and knowledge on volunteer leadership. It includes information on many topics, including recruiting, selecting, and supporting volunteers along with templates and tools to help you create induction programmes, policies and procedures for working with volunteers.

Volunteering and Health and Safety

Most health and safety legislation only applies to paid workers. However, any organisation involving volunteers has a legal responsibility and a ‘duty of care’ towards their volunteers. Our HR and Health & Safety Advice team share advice on keeping your volunteers safe when undertaking activities – read their Blog.


Our Sector Development team offer a range of services and advice to support your voluntary organisation. Apply here on our website to access fully funded places on many of our training sessions and events.

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