A Community First Yorkshire event

Managing Volunteers Session 1 – Preparing to Involve Volunteers

Group of volunteers in a circle looking down

So you’d like to involve volunteers in your organisation, but will they want to get on board?

Whether you’re looking to recruit volunteers for the first time, or you’ve struggled to attract them in the past, careful preparation is the key to success.

From helping volunteers to feel welcome and supported, to understanding your legal requirements, this training session will look at good practice in volunteer management to lay a firm foundation for your future success with volunteers.

What will you learn?

The training will help you understand:

  • What makes a volunteer different from other types of workers
  • What motivates people to volunteer
  • What laws apply to volunteers and how this might affect your organisation
  • Why it is important to consider the capacity of your organisation to involve volunteers before you begin recruitment.

Following the session, you will be able to:

  • Write an ‘involving volunteers’ plan or policy
  • Hold an informed discussion about how volunteers will fit into your group’s structure and mission
  • Understand how you’ll make your organisation appealing to volunteers
  • Plan how your organisation will manage and support volunteers.

What’s included?

A step by step plan and resources to help you write your own ‘involving volunteers’ policy, including templates, best practise examples and links to further information.

Take advantage of our suite of volunteer management training

You can either dip your toe into this one training session, or take advantage of our suite of volunteer management training.

We’ve developed a suite of volunteer management training that covers everything you need to know about becoming a great volunteer manager, from policies and planning, to safeguarding, celebrating, recruitment and retention.

Other training sessions available to you include:

Who should attend?

This training is suitable for organisations and groups thinking of involving volunteers for the first time or seeking to refresh their knowledge of good practice in volunteer management.

Please note this training is aimed at voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations and groups based in North Yorkshire or delivering services within North Yorkshire.

About the trainer

The Volunteer Management training will be delivered by Lizzie Clapham. Lizzie has extensive experience in supporting groups with best practice in volunteer management. Lizzie runs our Volunteer Coordinators Network.

Cost and concessions

£18 (including VAT)

Concessionary places

Thanks to funding from North Yorkshire County Council, we have free ‘first come, first served’ places if you meet either of the criteria below. You can self-select a free place during booking.


  • You are from a North Yorkshire VCSE organisation with an income of up to £5k


  • You are from a North Yorkshire VCSE organisation with an income of up to £25k which is experiencing financial hardship and would struggle to pay .

These spaces are limited so if a free place is not shown when you go to book, you can ask to be added to the waiting list for a free place on a future training session.

No shows and concessions

Please note that if you don’t attend training that you have booked on without giving seven days notice, you will be required to make the full payment. This also applies to free places. This is to allow as many participants as possible access to our training. See our Terms and Conditions for more information.



Attendees can receive refunds for cancellations up to seven days before the event date.

Contact details

If you have any questions about the training, please contact Lizzie volunteersupport@communityfirstyorkshire.org.uk

If you have any questions about booking or invoicing please contact info@communityfirstyorkshire.org.uk or telephone 01904 704177.

Booking details

Book your place here.