Why you need volunteers

Why you need volunteers

A woman speaking to a group of people sat outdoors.
Volunteers are the lifeblood of any community activity. It’s not just about engaging people, it’s about getting them involved.

Only once you have some volunteers interested in helping will you be ready to take your project to the next level. Here's why:

An extra pair of hands

Manpower is the most obvious reason to recruit people, whether that’s marshalling people in a lantern parade, or collecting or raising funds on behalf of your project.

Useful skills

Volunteers can also help provide essential skills, knowledge and contacts that you, your team or your organisation lack and would take years to acquire.

Lighten the load

You might be determined to do it all yourself, but wouldn't it be nice if you didn't have to? And wouldn't it make sense to have someone cover your back if ever you're out of action or on holiday? Sharing the work around can reduce both stress and risk.

Spreading the word

The more people there are involved in your project, with inside knowledge to be able to talk credibly, the greater the word of mouth.

Building skills and experience

By giving others the chance to volunteer with your project or group, you're also giving them the chance to gain valuable experience that could be the difference in helping them find employment, improve health or keep busy while learning new things, not to mention the opportunity to mix and mingle with new people. 

Now you know why you getting people on board with your project is a win–win — here are our tips on how to recruit volunteers!