Working with volunteers
Many institutions rely greatly on volunteer support. Some people volunteer because they want to contribute and support a museum. Others are hoping to gain useful experience to build up their CVs.
To attract new volunteers to your museum or gallery:
- use social media and relevant websites (try VolunteerNet)
- ask around
- contact high schools, universities, social clubs, and retirement communities
- have an annual volunteer week or day
- recruit at public events.
It is important to accept that volunteers may have new ideas and want to do things a bit differently. Be open to change and you may end up with someone fantastic and highly skilled helping you out.
Develop a volunteer programme
Use this guide and the following templates, from National Service Te Paerangi, to develop an effective volunteer programme.