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You can’t hold meetings for your Scouts or Guides without leaders or helpers. Here’s some ways in which you can easily recruit new volunteers.
Whenever you think of recruitment in terms of The Scouts or Girlguiding, it’s almost always referring to young people joining. However, you can’t hold meetings for young members without having enough adult volunteers!
Sections, Units, and Groups can always do with some extra help with leading meetings, assisting with activities and camps, and offering guidance to young members.
Take a look at some tools which you can use to your advantage to recruit new helpers:
Social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are often a massive help when it comes to communicating with members, leaders and local people in your community.
There are a number of ways in which you can use social media when it comes to searching for your new volunteers, such as;
More often than not, parents aren’t even aware that their child’s Group is in need of any extra help. Make them aware that even just two hours of their time per week is more than enough. Emphasise that you can never have too much help.
You could offer open evenings or taster sessions for meetings and camps to allow them to find out more about what takes place. Getting parents involved in the fun might even encourage them to want to stay.
Organising a rota with willing parents for them to take turns once a month or where needed, especially if they have specific skills needed for a particular activity, can also be hugely beneficial.
If your website is a hub of activity and information when it comes to your Unit, Section, Group, District or County, you already have a massively useful tool!
Advertise your need for volunteers across the website, wherever you can. Call To Action (CTA) links such as “find out more about volunteering here” or “get in touch with us” are really effective. Our websites already come with some set CTAs to help you know where to use them to your advantage.
We recommend having a dedicated page to adult volunteers or recruitment. Offer a space where users can find out more about what helpers and leaders do exactly. This can help with false assumptions, and show potential helpers that it’s actually a lot of fun to volunteer and be a part of Scouting or Girlguiding!