Volunteers Week: Resources for Support

Volunteers’ Week happens annually to celebrate and support the inspirational people in our communities who give their time and inspire others to do the same. Each year VolunteersWeek.Scot offers voluntary sector groups and organisations a fantastic range of resources, guides and templates to promote their events or help celebrate the individuals they work with.

However, there’s much more support out there all year round! Whether you want to expand your volunteer community or improve your retention, we’ve compiled a list of where to find help.


Are you looking for volunteers?

Whether you’re seeking new board members, volunteers to help deliver your service or need people with specialist skills, there are a variety of platforms to advertise and find suitable candidates. We’ve gathered a list to help you get started:

Volunteer Glasgow

Volunteer Glasgow is the central hub for Volunteering in Glasgow. They provide an online portal for volunteer opportunities, 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. If your opportunity extends outside Glasgow, you can promote it here. They have a wide range of resources on their site and provide 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 an organisation’s knowledge or skills which could be out of reach. 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.

What else do I need to know?

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 People & Safety Services team share advice on keeping your volunteers safe when undertaking activities. Read the Blog.

VolunteerWiki

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

Free learning places for Glasgow Wellbeing Fund

Volunteer Glasgow’s Smarter Volunteer Manager (SVM) Programme is a 6-week peer learning course to help you ensure that you design and create influential, satisfying roles to recruit the volunteers you need. We’re delighted to be able to offer Glasgow Wellbeing Fund Grantees free places on this programme (usually £250) up until 31st March 2024. There are ten spots available. To find out more and register your interest complete the form on Volunteer Glasgow’s SVM Webpage.

Purple banner with the words Get Involved and the Volunteers Week logo

Our Sector Development team offer a range of services and advice to support your voluntary organisation. The training programme is free and open to community groups, voluntary organisations and social enterprises in Glasgow. Check our full programme online at Eventbrite.

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