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Recruitment and Referral Service


Our primary service is to help people find suitable volunteer positions with community organisations. Volunteers are interviewed to determine their motivation and the areas they would like to contribute in, they are then matched to a suitable position. Finding volunteers can be time consuming for community groups, with the help of Gisborne Volunteer Centre community groups can request volunteers to help with the delivery of their service.

Guidelines For Appropriate Volunteer Positions 

Organisations face significant challenges in determining what positions are appropriate for volunteers. Outlined below are factors that should be considered when listing a voluntary position.

Factors Which Tend to Make the Involvement Of Volunteers Appropriate: 

  • Where the work is for the benefit of voluntary, not-for-profit charitable organisations 

  • Where the job has not been performed by a paid worker within the last six months 

  • Where the job will not require more than 20 hours per week 

  • Where new areas of work are being explored and volunteers may pave the way for the creation of new jobs 

  • Where there is an agreement within the member organisation about the nature and purpose of the volunteer involvement, including the principle of entitling volunteer staff to the same employment practices and benefits as paid staff 

  • Where paid staff acknowledge the value of volunteers' contributions and adequate resources are made available to support, supervise and train the volunteers

  •  Where there is an opportunity for the volunteer to benefit from the work by achieving personal goals 

  • Where a task can be carried out better by a volunteer than by a paid staff person. This might include one-to-one befriending, advocacy, visiting, etc. 

  • Where a distinct area of work can be identified for which the volunteer can take responsibility and which complements or extends the work of paid staff 

Factors Which Tend to Make the Involvement of Volunteers Inappropriate: 

  • Where the work is for the benefit of a profit-making organisation 

  • Where the volunteer receives remuneration implying low-wage status rather than voluntary work o Where the work will typically require more than 20 hours per week 

  • Where the work is normally considered to be the responsibility of a statutory service, e.g. nursing care, teaching etc 

  • Where the volunteer would be undertaking work which is the subject of an industrial dispute o Where the volunteer would be performing tasks carried out by paid staff in the past 6 months or where their involvement would reduce the likelihood of employment of paid staff 

  • Where the involvement of volunteers would jeopardise the wage or employment conditions of paid staff 

  • Where there is a disagreement within the client organisation about the nature and purpose of volunteer involvement 

  • Where there are insufficient resources to provide proper support, supervision, training and workspace for volunteers o Where there is no money available to pay volunteers out-of-pocket expenses or provide appropriate insurance cover 

  • Where the work offers no rewards to the volunteer, e.g. work is too demanding, tedious, dirty and unpleasant and the volunteer does not have an opportunity to achieve personal goals 

  • Where unacceptable risks to health and safety are involved, e.g. physically dangerous 

Useful Tips When Requesting New Volunteers

  • Provide as much information as you can about the volunteers that you need. The more information you can provide, the easier it is to find the right volunteers. 

  • Remember to fill in a ‘Request for volunteers’ form for every voluntary position that you want filled. If you have one job that requires three volunteers to do, only complete one form. But if you have three different positions complete three forms. 

  • Make the job ‘bite-sized’. If the job is too big break it into smaller pieces. 

  • Remember few volunteers want to work more than 10 hours per week. 

  • Be creative when describing the position. 

  • Ensure the position is interesting, challenging and fun. Volunteers want to develop their skills, meet people, contribute to their community, and enjoy their work. 

  • Remember to include information regarding ‘benefits to the volunteer’ – what will the volunteer gain from working with your organisation. This sells the job. 

  • Please allow a reasonable amount of time for us to fulfil the request for volunteers. Forward planning of your volunteer needs will assist us in meeting your need. Please advise your training dates.

  •  If a job is to stay open here for an extended period of time (e.g. more than 6 weeks) please update it periodically – a request for volunteer form that looks old is less likely to catch the eye of a potential volunteer.

  •  Finally, remember to keep in contact with us – let us know when the job has closed, when you have taken on a new volunteer, when you want the position re-opened. Please provide us with feedback. 

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The Privacy Act 1993 Gisborne Volunteer Centre (GVC) undertakes to collect, use and store information provided on this form according to principles of the Privacy Act 1993. The information will be used by GVC in recruiting and referring potential volunteers to the organisations as well as for statistical, funding and administrative purposes within the GVC.

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Volunteer Request

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In the meantime please contct us and we will get your volunteer request into our system ASAP