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Recruiting Volunteers

Whatever the size of your organisation, having the right trustees is critical. Because they perform such an important role, it can be challenging to recruit them – but it can also be an exciting opportunity to bring in new experience, skills and ideas to your organisation.

The Volunteer Centre is here to help you to get the right people for your organisation and have collected a number of guides and checklists of what to do when recruiting Trustees. Please scroll down the page to see these.

Advertise your Trustee role

We offer a free service to charities recruiting Trustees - advertising is straightforward via our Volunteer Connect online platform. Please visit the Volunteer Connect page to find out more and to register & advertise.

The roles you register with us will be promoted on our website, as well as in our monthly Bulletin and in our drop-in service.

Another good and challenging article about Trustees is from Joe Saxton at NFP Synergy. His article, A Trusted Role: The Challenges of creating an effective trustee board highlights common challenges and has personal suggestions on how trustees can make the most of their role.

More detailed guides for recruiting Trustees:

‘Finding new trustees – what charities need to know’ (Charity Commission 2012) - includes DBS changes for Trustees

Trustee Recruitment Toolkit (NCVO 2006 comprehensive guide)

Recruit a Trustee Pocket Guide (NCVO 2006)

Guides for Trustees or potential trustees to read:

The Essential Trustee (Charity Commission 2012) This sets out the role and duties of trustees

Other ways to advertise your Trustee role:

Free Options

brightness_1 Reach: Skilled volunteers - Now free for organisations with less than £100k turnover

brightness_1 Charity Job: free to advertise for volunteers, including trustees

brightness_1 The Big Give - Free for registered charities and adverts appear on the Reed.co.uk site for 6 weeks

brightness_1 Vinspired - specifically for young volunteers aged 16-25

Membership Options:

brightness_1 NCVO Trustee Bank – for NCVO members only

Paid Options:

brightness_1 Guardian Jobs

brightness_1 Trustees Unlimited