A great title for a great blog post.
Claire Walsh from the Sheffield Volunteering Strategy team has written one of my favourite volunteering articles of recent weeks. You can see it on their blog at: http://sheffieldvolunteeringstrategy.blogspot.com/2010/02/when-is-volunteer-not-volunteer.html
It would be great for us here in South Derbyshire to take Claire’s main point on board. Volunteer managers cannot be all things to all people. In our experience, most volunteer managers are terrible at turning volunteers away.
But we all have to balance the needs of our own organisations with the support needs of our current and potential volunteers and weigh up our capacity to balance these two sets of needs. Where we simply cannot find a role for a volunteer, as painful as it is to us, we MUST learn to say “no”.
We should, of course, do this in a positive, supportive way that, I hope, also involves a referral to us here in the Volunteer Centre.