Advice

Kent Volunteers Food Bank

Advice for Volunteers

Looking to volunteer for the first time? Veteran volunteer? Either way, there are opportunities for everyone and below are 5 handy tips to help you find that perfect opportunity!

  1. There are opportunities for everyone! Even if you aren’t a people person there are still ways to volunteer. Some organisations require administration volunteers, marketing or back office support so have a look and see! And if you are a people person then there’s roles for you too!
  2. Remember, these opportunities aren’t paid for so when looking at the opportunity please consider travel time and means for example to make sure you can get there in time etc.
  3. Don’t be afraid of a little change! Just because your career is in finance, it doesn’t mean you can only volunteer in finance. Take the opportunity to find something new, develop some new skills and learn something along the way!
  4. Be honest when contacting the organisation and give some thought as to why you are volunteering. It is important that you know what you will be expected to do and if you can do it- but if you have any questions don’t be afraid to ask!
  5. Be conscious of your time. Check to see if there are set hours, or if it is negotiable. It works best for everyone when we are all in agreement!

 


If there are any questions, you can find some of the answers here in the FAQ. If not, please don’t hesitate to contact us or the charity in question!

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Advice for Organisations

Whether you are a huge organisation or a small community group, it's always good to have a little extra help! Hopefully, these 5 handy tips will help you find someone to fill those opportunities!

  1. Any opportunity you post cannot be for financial/commercial or political gain. We are working to help the Kent community so please respect this rule! If you do post something that breaks this, we will remove the opportunity.
  2. Provide as much information as you can! The more someone knows the more likely they are to get in touch to throw their hat in the ring.
  3. Be open to a variety of applicants. You will find that everyone has their own reasons for volunteering; some personal and some more professional. Be open minded to people who are seeking to grow and develop themselves as well as people who want to help out.
  4. Keep your profile page up to date! Sometimes people will fact check and research the organisation so take the opportunity to tell your story! People buy into people so potential volunteers will be more likely to want to help out if they know your story!
  5. Ensure that any requirements are clearly outlined! Some of the opportunities that can be posted that involve working with vulnerable people, children etc may require additional qualifications, checks or fulfilled criteria. Be clear what is required of the volunteer. As much as we want to encourage people to volunteer we have to also be aware of protecting those who need it.

 



If there are any questions, you can find some of the answers here in the FAQ. If not, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

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