With the current levels of youth unemployment volunteering is becoming a neccessary way of gaining experience at work, particularly in the arts. We’re getting more requests about good practice when it comes to working with volunteers, and definitely advise being prepared. Anyone starting up or managing a scheme should take a look at the Management of Volunteers: National Occupational Standards 2008. Not the catchiest of titles but a great resource. It’s a big document but is clearly divided into sections and provides great checklists on each theme, including managing projects, handling expenses, organsing events and perhaps most useful dealing with any problems along the way. Anyone with a deeper interest can also attend management of volunteers training and qualifications, up to NVQ level 5.
And if you’ve got good examples of volunteer schemes in your organisation, and would be willing to share as a case study I’d love to hear them.