Recruiting and retaining valuable volunteer resources

Volunteers are an incredibly valuable resource and the majority of projects rely heavily on their good will and commitment to help deliver. However in a world of competing demands how can heritage projects enthuse, engage and retain volunteers?

Last year we hosted an informative live chat on what to consider when recruiting, managing and supporting volunteers but it is still a question that comes up a lot when we talk to groups.

We have guidance on good practice in relation to volunteering but there are some great examples of projects that have successfully recruited and maintained their volunteer workforce. We asked one of these projects, the RSPB Saving Marshlands Wetland heritage and wildlife, to contribute a blog on their experiences.

However we would love to hear about how your projects are managing, any problems you are facing or top tips for working with volunteers? As a volunteer what makes you want to get involved with a project and what makes you stay?