Your final training plan

By using our handy plan there’s still time for you to get recruitment ready

There’s not long left to get recruitment ready…

With our national volunteer recruitment campaign coming soon, you’ll need to be ready to welcome potential new recruits in your unit and local area.

And whilst we’ve been running our Recruitment Bootcamp since spring, if you’ve not been able to start your training prep yet, never fear! There’s still time for you to get recruitment ready by following these steps – with some top tips from Lynne Scales, County Commissioner for Lancashire South East and Bootcamp coach.

Before you start: find your team!

There’s no ‘I’ in ‘team’ – so remember you don’t need to do it alone. Identify the people you need to get ready for the campaign. It could include your unit leadership team, local commissioners, trainers, GO coordinators, communications and PR advisers: together you’ll go the distance.

Step 1: identify your volunteer gaps

Think about the roles and skills you need in your unit or your local area – that way you’ll be able to make the most of the campaign and put your new recruits in the best positions.

We worked out what kinds of volunteers we needed by creating a mini health check form for each unit, so that they thought about their needs and can take charge of recruiting the right volunteers to fill their gaps - Lynne

Fill your team’s vacancies

Fill your team’s vacancies

Fill your team’s vacancies

If you’re a Commissioner, talk to units in your area or use data to work out your local needs using the Creating a Growth Plan resources on our website.

Create your plan

Create your plan

Create your plan

Step 2: set your volunteer training warm up

Make sure you’ve set up all the training sessions that new volunteers need to attend – they’ll be chomping at the bit to get started. Get your mentors and buddies raring to go so that new volunteers can be paired up from the start.

We’ll be encouraging people to really get to know new volunteers, and think about what skills the volunteer can offer and what they want to gain from volunteering, rather than only thinking about what we need - Lynne

Plan your training for new recruits

Plan your training for new recruits

Plan your training for new recruits

Commissioner pitstop: keep an eye on volunteer enquiries
You’ll need to make sure key roles involved in welcoming volunteers are informed about the campaign and ready to welcome and support new recruits through the membership system and into their new roles.

Step 3: shout out loud

The campaign will be running nationally – but to really make the most of it on a local level why not take it a step further and run a local recruitment event?

There are lots of ways you could do this, from maximising online volunteer recruitment to the ins and outs of running a recruitment stall. Our new video shows you how you can set up and run a recruitment stall.

More ideas and inspiration

More ideas and inspiration

More ideas and inspiration
We’re going to get out there with gazebos, displays and leaflets, but we also have units who’d prefer to use social media campaigns instead – so we’ve got a real mix of approaches based on different needs - Lynne

Step 4: give your new recruits a warm welcome

Keeping volunteers engaged and happy starts at the very beginning of their journey with us. By making sure you get in touch with them soon after they register, your potential new volunteers will be able to hit the ground running.

Don’t forget our new online induction resources, which can help you welcome new volunteers.

We’re getting everyone clued up on what they need to cover when they’re talking to a new volunteer – things like what their interests are, how much time they can give and why they chose to volunteer. We know the person’s more likely to come back if we’re really friendly! - Lynne

 

Toolkit for a warm welcome

Toolkit for a warm welcome

Toolkit for a warm welcome

Commissioner pitstop: give newbies a taste of guiding!
A taster session is a great way to welcome volunteers to Girlguiding – whether it’s giving them a tour of a unit or setting up a welcome evening. We’ve got examples and event plans for you to use.

You’ve (almost) reached the finish line!

By doing all of this you’ll be fully prepared for our national volunteer recruitment campaign this November.

Keep an eye out in Discover, grow for some sneak peeks of the campaign soon, and for more information about how you can keep your new volunteers happy, evaluate your campaign and find out more about the impact of our campaign on a national level.