Good practice guide

This guide gives you information on how to develop fulfilling and meaningful volunteering experiences in a fair, safe and supportive environment. It will help you to develop good practice in volunteer management in all the stages of your volunteering programme. Read more about the purpose of this guide.

We recommend following good practice in order to make your volunteering programme as inclusive as possible, to ensure that your volunteers have the best experience possible, and to make sure that your volunteering programme has the biggest, positive impact that it can for everyone involved.

We believe in creating and not stifling new opportunities, and we recognise that volunteer involvement takes place in a variety of ways, across all sectors and within a multitude of structures and organisations. However we believe that there are underlying values and practice that need to be in place for volunteering to be valuable, sustainable and beneficial to volunteers, organisations and to the wider community. This guide will help you to achieve good practice in managing your volunteers and your volunteering programme.

Example documents in our guide are available in Microsoft Word format so you can adapt them according to your needs. If you need them in another format or have any feedback on our guide, or  need one-to-one support to develop your volunteering programme, get in touch with our Volunteering Development Coordinator, Sue Shaw, on or 01273 234860