Though lack of resources is a major issue, over a quarter
of volunteer managers would not want more volunteers even
if they were provided with additional funds, according to
a new report.
Produced by the Institute for Volunteering Research, Management
matters: a national survey of volunteer management capacity,
canvassed the views of volunteer managers across England.
It found that over a quarter of the organisations surveyed
did not have appropriate funding to support volunteering,
with over 50% saying they could involve less than 10 volunteers
on their current resources. In addition, nearly half of
the managers surveyed earned only between £15,000
to £25,000 per year, despite over a third having more
than 10 years’ experience in the job.
The survey also identified recruitment and retention of
volunteers as a concern, with over half those questioned
believing this would hold back their organisation over the
next three years. Large organisations including NHS trusts,
the study found, were most likely to have budgets for volunteer
involvement and dedicated staff time to support volunteers.
Commenting on the study, Volunteering England’s chief
executive Justin Davis Smith said: “The results of
this groundbreaking survey highlight the scandalously low
level of funding devoted to supporting the volunteers without
whom many of the country’s charities and services
would simply not survive. Volunteering may be freely given
but it is certainly not cost-free, and organisations need
to invest financial and human resources properly in order
to unleash the passion, goodwill and experience of those
that manage volunteers and the volunteers themselves.”