Volunteer Recruitment Toolkit
How to use this toolkit:
The idea of a Special Olympics Toolkit for club volunteer recruitment came from a workshop with a number of Special Olympics club volunteers in early summer 2023.
It sets out primarily to share findings and give information on how to recruit volunteers to clubs. The toolkit will be added to as more resources are developed and updated and/or feedback is given by volunteers.
Why do clubs need to recruit volunteers?
As your activity is in your community you have a better of chance of making that connection between a club and community members (potential volunteers). You have a greater opportunity to reach your community members and tailor your message accordingly. Special Olympics Ireland recently surveyed new volunteers. When asked “What attracted you to volunteer with Special Olympics?” the top two answers were: “Family member involved” and “Wanted to give back to community”. When asked: “How did you hear we were looking for volunteers?” the vast majority of respondents said it was “through somebody already involved in Special Olympics”
Using the toolkit:
We have grouped resources under a number of headings to make it easier for you to locate what you need. In some instances we have created a short information document and inserted links which we have labelled “Just For Now” and in other instances we have created much longer documents which we have labelled “In More Detail”
For a more detailed explanation of this Toolkit, click HERE.
1: Identify the Gaps
2: Youth Volunteers
Just for now
Questions to ask:
- What are the local schools?
- Have we a contact in the school?
- Are there local youth groups we could talk to?
In more detail
Click HERE for tips and facts based on SOI youth recruitment research.
6: Advertise with Local Volunteer Agencies
Just for now
For clubs in NI, click HERE to register and add vacancies to Be Collective, Volunteer Now's recruitment site.
In more detail
You can read a helpful document "Finding Volunteers" HERE.
9: Contact Your Local SO Team
Reach out to your local Special Olympics RDO for Volunteers and RDO for Clubs for support.
Connaught: Breffni.Gorman@specialolympics.ie (Galway, Leitrim, Longford, Mayo, Roscommon, Sligo, and Westmeath (Mullingar, Kinnegad, and Athlone)
Eastern (Greater Dublin Area): email@example.com Dublin, North Kildare, Maynooth, Ceilbridge, Leixlip and east Wicklow
Leinster (Excl. the Greater Dublin Area): firstname.lastname@example.org Carlow, South Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Louth, Offaly, Meath, Wexford, West Wicklow and Westmeath (Clonmellon, Devlin, Bracklyn, Kilucan, and Kinnegad)
Munster: SO.Munster@specialolympics.ie Waterford, Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Clare and Tipperary
Ulster: Contact SO.Ulster@specialolympics.ie
Regional coverage for counties Antrim, Armagh, Derry/ Londonderry, Down, Tyrone, Fermanagh, Donegal, Cavan and Monaghan