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Recruiting and Retaining Volunteers 


This is an action packed session filled with practical suggestions and plenty of opportunities to share ideas on how to recruit volunteers and keep hold of them!

Volunteer recruitment is a constant challenge for many organisations. This workshop will explore people’s motivations to volunteer and the barriers inhibiting volunteering. Equipped with this knowledge you will have the chance to critique current volunteer recruitment campaigns, analyse new and innovative ways for working and learn about current developments in the sector in Oxfordshire and how OCVA can help.

There will be opportunities throughout the session to reflect on your current methods of recruitment and volunteer management. OCVA’s Volunteer Co-ordinator will offer his thoughts on how to retain volunteers based on conversations with clients in the Volunteer Centre and the findings of national research.

We will also be looking at ways to engage with volunteers during Volunteers Week 2022 and how you can promote your roles during the week.

The course will be run online using Zoom.

What will I learn?

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  • Identify what motivates people to start volunteering
  • Reflect on the volunteering opportunities currently offered by your organisation
  • Describe a range of methods for delivering a volunteer recruitment campaign
  • Identify the range of ways OCVA can help you to recruit and how to use Oxon Volunteers more effectively
  • Reflect on why volunteers leave your organisation
  • Identify strategies and approaches to aid volunteer retention.

Trainer Profile

Tariq Khandoker is the Development Officer / Volunteer Centre Coordinator at OCVA. He has previously worked in the North of England with a number of charities and social enterprises over a 15-year period. First as a Funding Officer and then as a Development Officer (on governance issues) and eventually as an Operations Manager with an infrastructure organisation and subsequently with a social enterprise. In his current role at OCVA, he works to raise the profile of volunteering and helps organisations to achieve their outcomes through the recruitment, placement and retention of volunteers. This involves helping organisations promote their work and their volunteering opportunities through print and electronic media as well as managing Oxfordshire’s premier volunteering brokerage site “oxonvolunteers.org”. He also actively engages with prospective volunteers, helping them to build their confidence and skill set in order to secure their ideal volunteering role.

Who should attend

This workshop covers the basics of volunteer recruitment and is aimed at those who are interested in the subject area.  You may be new to volunteer recruitment (whether as a paid member of staff or a volunteer responsible for recruiting or managing other volunteers). Experienced recruiters may wish to use the opportunity to reflect and review their organisation’s current practice and develop their volunteer recruitment strategies in line with new developments and research.

No prior knowledge is required to attend.

Thursday 19th May 2022

1.00 pm – 3.30 pm (3.5 hours)

The course will be held online using Zoom.


  • £40 per person for OCVA Members
  • £55 per person from a charitable organisation who are not OCVA members
  • £70 per person from a non-charitable organisation


Please note there are two steps to this process and both steps of the process will need to be completed to secure your place.

  1. Complete the Google bookings form and register your details
  2. Make payment via PayPal within two working days of registering for the course. We’re using PayPal for this event. Select ‘pay with a debit or credit card ‘ if you don’t have a PayPal account (there’s no need to sign in to PayPal).

Step 1:

Step 2:

Choose payment type:

£ 40.00
  • Pay with PayPal
Charitable Organisations*
£ 55.00
  • Pay with PayPal
Non charitable rate
£ 70.00
  • Pay with PayPal
Course details at a glance

Date: Thursday 19th May 2022
Time: 1.00 pm – 3.30 pm
Cost: £40 – £70

Enquiries contact

When contacting us please state the name of the course your correspondence is in relation to.

Email training@ocva.org.uk or call us on 01865 251946

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