The political and social landscape for volunteering

Charities that want to recruit volunteers should respond to enquiries about volunteering within 24 hours and focus on what the volunteer wants, rather than just on what the organisation requires, according to a report from the sector consultancy nfpSynergy.

The first part of the seven-part report, entitled The New Alchemy: the political and social landscape for volunteering, states that people approaching charities about volunteering now expect a response in less than 24 hours, or the next day. It also states that if people are expected to give up their free time to do something in the community, they want activities that fit in with their interests and skills.

The report, based on a literature review and interviews with volunteering experts and volunteer managers. The further six parts of the report will be released over the coming months.

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