‘Be ready’ continued

Groups and organisations typically have a purpose that derives from a set of values, and these values will influence the involvement of volunteers. While the individual is considering why they want to volunteer, a group or an organisation must also consider why they want to involve volunteers in an activity and be ready to share this.

Some groups and organisations might involve volunteers because it is part of their ‘business model’ and they can only achieve aspects of their mission by involving volunteers; for example, charity shops or social enterprises.

Other groups and organisations might involve volunteers because the contribution of volunteers will directly help them to achieve their mission, such as befriending charities. Still others might involve volunteers because of the difference that it will make to the volunteers themselves, for example community support projects or employability programmes.

Polbeth and West Calder Community Garden is run by volunteers, and in this video Lisa the Co-convenor talks about why volunteers are involved.

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James, the Volunteering Manager at LGBT Youth Scotland, talks about why they involve volunteers and the values that inform the volunteering programme.

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