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Using do-it.org to recruit adults

Do-it.org is a national database advertising volunteering opportunities. Local volunteer centres, universities and colleges often use the adverts on this site to promote volunteering in local communities.

The Scout Association has a number of accounts ran by the RST and can set up a free local sub-account for Groups, Districts or Counties. These sub-accounts can then be used to create personalised adverts to fill different volunteer vacancies.

Setting up your account

To create a sub-account contact your local Regional Services Team.
Once a sub-account is set up, the enquirer will receive further instructions and a username and password to access and complete the account details.

Account details

Organisation Name: Use a name that will make sense outside of Scouting. For example, instead of '23rd St Andrews Scout Group', use 'Anytown Scout Group'.

Organisation Description: This has been completed by The Scout Association.

Contact Details: This is often the District/ County membership enquiries person. To help enquiries be effective, you should provide a suitable telephone number and email address. The personal details will not appear on the advert but will be sent to potential volunteers who make an enquiry.

Personalise your Account: Accounts and adverts give the opportunity to upload pictures, banners and logos all of which can be found on the print centre to give a professional look to your account.

Writing and preparing adverts

Visit do-it.org and search for a vacancy. This will show you the different options that potential volunteers will search by and help you to prepare your own advert in way that will make it easy to find.

Language should be simple, positive and informative. Make the opportunity sound exciting and avoid negative information such as 'our Group will close if....'

Your advert must make sense to people outside of Scouting. Potential volunteers probably won't know what a GSL or BSL is but they will understand what a 'volunteer support manager' or 'activity leader' might do.

Emphasise what the adult will get out of volunteering. Will it develop their skills for work, help them have fun and meet new people or contribute to their local community?

Tell them that they will be supported with training and resources.

It must be brief and to the point - catch people's interest, you can give them the details when you follow up on their enquiry. The Regional Services Team has lots of prepared adverts that can be shared.

Following up enquiries

Potential volunteers register their personal details with Do-It.org. When they select an opportunity, their details are lodged with the account showing their interest and an e-mail alert is sent to the account administrator.

Make contact with the potential volunteer as quickly as possible, within 3 days is good practice.

Enquirers are probably new to Scouting. Avoid using Scout jargon and don't assume they know what a Leader (or other roles in Scouting) is or what they do. Find out about their interests and skills and why they are attracted to your opportunity.

Find out about when they are available and how much time they would like to give. How close do they live, is transport a problem?

Give them some details about what Scouting is, the role you are looking to fill, and the different ways that people can volunteer for Scouting. Be as flexible as possible, all help is beneficial. If they can't offer what you are looking for, can they do part of that role or something else instead. Could they help a different Group in some way?

Once you've established that they are definitely interested and you have agreed a role in outline, arrange a meeting to introduce them to the team they will be working with. This is a great opportunity to take along resources to give them more information, such as the adult welcome pack or leaflets on training.


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