HARCVS launch innovative new volunteering directory

Designed with volunteers and volunteer managers in mind HARCVS are thrilled to announce the launch of the new Harrogate District Volunteering Directory (www.harcvs.org.uk/volunteer/opportunities)

The new platform was designed in consultation with volunteer managers and took over a year to develop. The service is free of charge and open to all local and national charities who wish to recruit volunteers in the Harrogate District.

Potential volunteers can search by location, availability, age group, interests, charitable cause and DBS requirements. It’s even possible to search for opportunities to volunteer at one-off events or group opportunities.

The directory marks a great step forward in online volunteer recruitment providing all the key information volunteer managers need. Once registered it is possible to add, update and unpublish volunteer adverts at any time and from any device with an internet connection. Many charity staff are time poor and so when someone makes an enquiry and instant notification is sent containing full contact details, the enquirer’s location and a short message from the prospective volunteer.

Volunteer Managers using the site said: ‘I’m very impressed with how easy it is to use!’ and ‘we have various different volunteering opportunities at different times of the year so to be able to add event volunteer adverts will be very helpful’

Karen Weaver, Chief Exec of Harrogate & Ripon Centres for Voluntary Service, the charity behind the new platform, explains: ‘our new directory was developed in response to requests from Volunteer Managers. We received feedback that recruiting volunteers online can be difficult and posting roles online often resulted in our customers receiving inappropriate enquiries or struggling to get in touch due to a lack of contact details. This can be frustrating for both charities and potential volunteers.

We’ve really listened to their feedback I believe we have come up with an innovative new platform which is easy for anyone to use. We’ve worked with a fantastic designer over the last year who has helped to bring the volunteer adverts to life and inspire people to get involved in volunteering. ’

To register to use the new directory visit www.harcvs.org.uk/InvolvingVolunteers  or email volunteer@harcvs.org.uk for more information.