This page outlines guidance for Best Practice to inducting volunteers.

Before recruiting volunteers, make sure your organisation is volunteer-ready by completing the Volunteer Management Health Check.

Best practice, as outlined in the GLV's London Volunteer Management Charter, is:

Basic Practice
Good Practice
Best Practice
Health and safety briefing
Volunteers briefed on organisational procedures
Induction features briefings with key staff


Templates and Examples

Induction Checklist, North Linc Ranger Service (PDF)
Volunteer Induction (for volunteers to sign), WVSD (MS Word)
What to Expect (information sheet for volunteers), Volunteering Wandsworth (PDF)

Sample Health and Safety Statement, Volunteering England (PDF)
Sample Volunteer Induction, North Nottinghamshire CSV Mental Health Project  (PDF)
Sample Volunteer Agreement, Volunteering England (PDF)


Other Guidance

Volunteer Inductions (MS Word)
Knowhow Nonprofit

Volunteer Policies Guidance Booklet (PDF)
Volunteers' Week

Good Practice in Volunteering Manual (PDF)
Volunteer Centre Bromley. Includes sample policies

Complete Volunteer Policy (PDF)
Groundwork London, 2013


Top Tips

We meet with many local organisations who have great ideas about volunteer management. Here are few we have heard that we thought were food for thought:

  • - Inductions are an important time to set the tone and expectations of volunteers. Give volunteers the chance to ask questions and make sure the role suits them
  • - Inducting a group of volunteers at the same time saves your time


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