If you are looking for a new, fun way to recruit new volunteers, Volunteer Speed Matching could be just what you’re looking for.
It works on the same principle as speed dating, but instead of being based on something as shallow as a lifelong relationship, it’s a chance for your organisation to have one-to-one conversations with a fairly large number of volunteers in a short space of time. Of course, it also offers potential volunteers the chance to have those conversations with a number of organisations.
A South Derbyshire first
Although Speed Matching has been very successful for volunteer involving organisations in other parts of the country, including our northern neighbours in the city of Derby, it has never been tried before in South Derbyshire. So we are going to offer our local organisations and volunteers the chance to take part.
On Wednesday 2nd June, in the very highly promoted Volunteers’ Week, the Volunteer Centre South Derbyshire has booked Sharpes Pottery Museum for our own Speed Matching Event.
How does Speed Matching work?
Each organisations will each have a table with space for small display, leaflets, etc and one or two people to ready to talk to potential volunteers.
Each potential volunteer will come to your table and you will have 5 minutes to talk before a signal is given for them to move on to the next organisation at the next table.
In your five minutes, you will have time to give the potential volunteer some brief details of your volunteering opportunities and exchange contact details, if that is what you both want to do. Each volunteer will also be given an evaluation form which will include a tick box asking if he or she would like any of the organisations represented to make contact for a further chat.
Where do the volunteers some from?
We are contacting 1000 potential volunteers directly as well as using local media, posters and every other means of communication at our disposal. OK, we don’t expect that all of them will come, but we expect interest in this innovative event to be very high.
If you are volunteer interested in coming along, or if your simply curious to find out more, it’s completely free and tea or coffee will be provided, as well as a chance to meet with the most proactive of South Derbyshire’s volunteering organisations. Please scroll down to the end of this post for our contact details, click here to go to our “About us” page with our contacts, or simply leave a comment on this post.
Priority to organisations affiliated to SDCVS
We already have a number of organisations interested in taking part, but we particularly want to involve organisations who are affiliated to us here at South Derbyshire CVS. For this reason, initial bookings will be open only to affiliated organisations, with others put onto a waiting list.
What will it cost us?
For organisations affiliated to South Derbyshire CVS, this event will be free, although we are a £10 returnable deposit, which will be returned on the day when you attend. If there is space for organisations that are not affiliated to South Derbyshire CVS, we are making a charge of £10. Your booking will be confirmed on receipt of your cheque.
It will be completely free for volunteers
Tell me more
If you have been to Sharpes Pottery Museum, you will know that space is limited and that we will have to limit the number of organisations able to take part, so if you would like to book a table or simply to find out more about being involved in this fun event, please contact us as soon as possible. Whan this event is full, its full.
Volunteer Centre South Derbyshire
46-48 Grove Street