Certainly the skills, enthusiasm and commitment that volunteers bring are key components in delivering the services that charities provide. But it is our volunteer leaders who shape what our volunteers do and support them to apply the skills and experience they have to maximise the benefits they bring.
Successful leaders of volunteers are able to bring the leadership skills they’ve developed throughout their careers and apply them in a volunteering context. They’re also deeply passionate about their charity’s strategic aims and can communicate these effectively to their volunteers and others. Being prepared to put the needs of others before their own, they support and motivate volunteers and keep them engaged by providing interesting and challenging volunteer roles.
The best volunteer leaders are able to think ‘out of the box’ and be prepared to try new things; new ways of getting people involved and reaching out to untapped skills and experience in our communities. They are not afraid to fail; they know every failure is a learning opportunity for the future. They also know that they can’t do their role alone and will look to develop other volunteers by delegating responsibility and dividing up larger tasks.
Crimestoppers Trust has fantastic volunteer leaders, but we always need more inspirational people to join our team of volunteers working across the UK to reduce crime. Here are a couple of examples of current vacancies, one in Norfolk and one in London. If you have a few hours available each month and think you have the drive and personality to help our volunteers achieve more, contact us now.
By Crimestoppers Volunteer Manager Derek Terrell