We tend to find volunteers through 2 main channels: social media and posters on noticeboards in key places in the community like the library and community centre
Find other groups doing something that complements your activity
Look for similar groups and organisations where people already volunteer.
You might be able to work with a group who meets the same needs in your area or deals with the same target audience.
Many groups and charities have a volunteering service with specific roles for their volunteers. They may be able to offer your activity as an opportunity to their volunteers.
Look at Find support from local businesses and community groups for a list of people and groups where you might find people.
I got great support from the local community and managed to find 100 volunteers through contacting local running clubs
Ask people in your own network
Whatever you ask your volunteers to do, you’ll need people you can rely on.
You might already have a network of contacts so use them.
A lot of my volunteer coaches were found through my own social network. One is my podiatrist, one is a close friend, and another is someone that contacted me about an article I'd written in a running magazine
Advertise on volunteering websites
There are websites where you can advertise your volunteering opportunities and find volunteers.
Be clear about what you need and when you need people to get the best response.
Use this site to advertise your volunteering opportunity for free. Add your group and reach thousands of people.
Check out our volunteer page to see existing volunteering opportunities on Co-operate.
Here a few other websites to try:
Share your story
Do you have a story about how your community has come together to support each other?
We'd love to share your story on our website to encourage other people to get or offer support.