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Volunteers are at the heart of all community organisations.  Understanding their motivations and ensuring a clear system for recruitment, retention and management will enable you to make the best use of a happy enthusiastic volunteer force.

The guides and toolkits below provide a good overview of most areas which might be of interest. Please select from the list below to find out more.

1. Thinking about Volunteers

A guide produced as part of Small Charity Week for voluntary organisations thinking about starting a volunteering programme.


2. Volunteering Best Practice Manual for HCC Services

Developed by Community First this best practice manual is a complete ‘How To Guide’ for Hampshire County Council Residential Homes and Day Services to promote good practice on recruiting, retaining and managing volunteers.


3. NCVO Guide to Volunteer Agreements

An information sheet designed by NCVO.


4. Sample Volunteer Policy

A sample volunteer policy template developed by Community First to enable groups to adapt for their own purpose.


Useful Links

Community First offers a FREE website for voluntary organisations to advertise and promote their local opportunities to residents of Havant, East Hampshire, Fareham, New Forest and Winchester

NCVO offers a range of guidance on volunteering, volunteer recruitment and volunteer management.

The Charity Commission Guidance on How to recruit and manage volunteers for your charity, including the vetting process, paying expenses, role descriptions and insurance.

Need some help or advice?

Whether you need to know how to find local support groups or who to turn to for advice, our searchable Help and Support Directory is an easy to use list of Hampshire Community Services.

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