The value of volunteering is immense and irreplaceable.  One of the best ways to demonstrate the importance of volunteering to the Australian community is to ensure volunteers’ contributions are recognised, valued and accounted for.

There are many ways that managers of volunteers, staff and other volunteers within the organisation can show that they appreciate and value the efforts of all the members of the volunteer team.  The National Standards in part focuses on organisational practices which serve to ensure your volunteers’ efforts are recognised appropriately.

National Volunteer Week (link to National Volunteer Week Page)  is an opportunity for organisations to recognise the contribution of volunteers.

Recognising volunteers doesn’t have to involve spending a lot of money. There are many ways you can show them you appreciate them without having to spend a cent! Start by saying thank you on International Volunteer Day, and keep showing your gratitude all year round.

Some ideas include:

  1. Provide a warm welcome for each new volunteer
  2. Ask volunteers for their opinions when developing new policies and strategies
  3. Involve volunteers in morning teas and coffee breaks

Click here for more suggestions on how to recognise your volunteers.