Volunteer organisers recruit, train and manage volunteers in all kinds of organisations.

What does a volunteer organiser do?

Volunteer organisers relate to different kinds of people and motivate them to give their time freely to organisations as an unpaid volunteer. This might involve finding people to work as a volunteer in hospitals, charities, and private companies, or at events.

What do I need to do to become a volunteer organiser?

To be good at this job you’ll need leadership skills and a flexible approach. You’ll also need lots of enthusiasm.

Employers will want you to have a good understanding of the voluntary sector, usually gained by working as a volunteer. Extensive experience and training may be accepted as an alternative to qualifications, particularly if you’ve coordinated projects or mentored new volunteers.

Most employers will expect you to have a good general education, with skills in IT. Some may prefer you to have a foundation degree, HND or degree. Social science subjects are the most relevant.

Related skills

  • IT
  • Leadership
  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • Organisation
  • Patience
  • Teamwork

Desirable qualifications

  • Foundation degree
  • HND
  • Degree

Where to find out more

Where could I be working?

You can work with local and national voluntary organisations and charities, political parties or pressure groups. You can also work for other organisations in the not-for-profit sector, such as hospitals, hospices, community health organisations, conservation and countryside management, or universities. 

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