Good Practice
Volunteers play a vital role in Lewisham by helping increase the capacity of local organisations to deliver essential services. Volunteers provide a huge contribution to help develop community cohesion and bring diverse groups of people together. They bring with them skills and local knowledge, and it is through volunteers giving their time freely that organisations are able to be more far-reaching in their services.

Providing good support for volunteers is an important part in helping recruit and retain volunteers for your organisation, and this includes providing good policies and procedures. Having and following good systems and practices helps organisations to flourish and grow, and to provide good quality services.


Volunteer Connect lists a large number of volunteer opportunities, click here to register your organisation and list your volunteer opportunities online.

Volunteer Management Consultancy Service
VCL is able to provide a consultancy, training and practical support to help your organisation:
• Review / develop your procedures for recruiting and retaining volunteers including
     • volunteering policies
     • volunteering roles
     • application and agreement forms
     • screening volunteers including disclosure and barring service
     • volunteer expenses policy and procedures
     • support and exit interviews
• Help recruit new volunteers if required including management committee members
• Discuss ways of monitoring and evaluating the impact volunteers have in your organisation and the community which will help develop and strengthen your organisation’s strategy and funding bids

Volunteer Centre Lewisham also runs a quarterly forum considering different aspects of recruiting and supporting volunteers. Details of this are circulated to organisations registered with us. For more information about the forum click here

Volunteer Centre Lewisham offers training on a number of issues regarding volunteering. You are welcome to attend one of our organised training sessions click here or we can deliver bespoke training to staff and Trustees within your organisation click here

Good Practice Topics
Below you’ll find a selection of information on good practice in volunteer management. Simply click on the link that interests you. For more detailed information regarding these topics phone Fay on 020 8613 7113 or request our resource book mentioned above

If you need any further information please contact us on 020 8613 7113 or send us an enquiry form