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Recruiting and Retaining Volunteers 


This interactive session will guide you through the world of volunteer recruitment. It will include practical suggestions, a toolkit to take away 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 the volunteer journey and how your organisation can recruit. Equipped with this knowledge you will have the chance to critique current volunteer recruitment campaigns, consider different ways of 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 Volunteering Development Officer will offer her thoughts on how to retain volunteers based on professional experience and the findings of national research.

The course will be run in person at our OCVA training room allowing time to network and connect with others.

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

Jenny Bowley is OCVA’s Volunteer Development Officer. She has spent the last twenty years in Youth and Community work, working in education, local council, social housing and health. Her roles as Community Youth Officer and Community Development Officer have extended her knowledge of the VCS sector and she has had a variety of voluntary roles to give her first-hand experience of volunteering. In her current role at OCVA, she 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”.

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.

Tuesday 14th November 2023

10.00 am – 1.00 pm (3 hours)

The course will be held in person at The Source Training Room (next door to OCVA Office).

OCVA, The Old Courthouse,
Floyd’s Row,
Oxford OX1 1SS

01865 251946

Details of getting into Oxford by bus, cycle, car or train can be found here: https://www.oxford.gov.uk/info/20012/parking_and_travel

Please note there is no parking at OCVA.


  • £35 per person for OCVA Members
  • £50 per person from a charitable organisation who are not OCVA members
  • £65 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.  You need to fill in the whole form and press SUBMIT at the end of the form. You will then receive an automated response confirming your registration.
  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:

£ 35.00
  • Pay with PayPal
Charitable Organisations*
£ 50.00
  • Pay with PayPal
Non charitable rate
£ 65.00
  • Pay with PayPal
Course details at a glance

Date: Tuesday 14th November 2023
Time: 10.00 am – 1.00 pm
Cost: £35 – £65

Course venue

OCVA, The Old Courthouse,
Floyd’s Row,
Oxford OX1 1SS

Training is in ‘The Source’ which is the building next door to OCVA Office.

01865 251946

Access on road is via Speedwell Street (a one-way system). Please note there is no parking at OCVA.

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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