But over 10 million do not, although surveys suggest that
many o them would like to. That lack o engagement may be
because they have not yet realised how simple it is in this internet
age, with its easy marshalling and fltering o inormation, to
connect with the volunteering opportunities o their choice; but it
is also the responsibility o the many organisations which have not
yet embraced – or ully realised – the potential or volunteers to
enhance, in all kinds o ways, the work that they do. Perhaps the
thought has never occurred to them: or maybe they worry that
legal and other responsibilities might make it all too complex
This book comprehensively and splendidly removes that as
an excuse by providing a much-needed step-by-step guide
through the opportunities, pitalls and processes involved in
taking volunteers on board.
It is timely too – coinciding as it does with David Cameron’s
“Big Society” promise ”to devolve power to individuals and
communities”. By defnition, volunteering has a major part
to play in that.
Here too are case studies that will encourage, inspire and
help the creation o this new army o volunteers. Volunteering
organisations already driving change in our society will fnd
a complete and invaluable checklist or what to do and how
to do it. But above all, this defnitive guide to volunteering will
make it quick, easy and simple or even more people and
organisations to become involved in a grassroots movement
that shapes the kind o country we are.
Doing volunteering well is a transormative experience or
both organisations and the people they recruit.
Rather than tackling it in an ad hoc way, it makes sense to
do it “by the book”...and you could not do better than make
it this book.
Martyn Lewis CBE
Chairman & Founder, YouthNet (including www.do-it.org.uk)
Chairman, Queen’s Award or Voluntary Service Committee