Fingal Volunteer Centre

FVMA resources for applicants

Fingal Managing Volunteers AwardTo help organisations who wish to apply for the Fingal Managing Volunteers we have provided this online tool.  For each criteria and award level you will find a link or series of links that will take you to online resources on other web sites which you may find useful when you are completing your Self Assessment form at the end of your application period.

Please note that the links enclosed are indicative of some of the ideas that we are suggesting.  By listing this links and by implementing the ideas enclosed we are in not implying you have completed the criteria for the award.  We are just providing these links as a stepping stone for you through the various levels of the award.

Each organisation is unique in terms of the resources that it has, which can relate to the number of people responsible for managing volunteers, the number of volunteers, the size of the organisation, the budget and therefore each organisation must prove how they reach the criteria on an individual basis.  For additional support please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please be aware this is not an exhaustive list of resources, the internet is full of useful resources in relation to volunteer management, this toolkit is provided just to whet your appetite for the Fingal Managing Volunteers Award.  If you find a useful tool on the internet please let us know and we'll share it on this page.  Email us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Level 1 Award Level 2 Award Level 3 Award

01

Training

At least one member of staff or volunteer must have attended all four modules of a volunteer management training course provided by Fingal Volunteer Centre or one of their sister volunteer centres.

Volunteer Management Training Information

At least two members of staff or volunteers must have attended an advanced volunteer management training session.

Volunteer Management Training Information

At least two members of staff or volunteer must has attended an advanced volunteer management training session.

Volunteer Management Training Information

02

Peer support

The organisation attends at least one of the four volunteer managers forums run by Fingal Volunteer Centre.

Information on the next Volunteer Managers and Coordinators Forum can be found in the events section

The organisation attends at least two of the four volunteer managers forums run by Fingal Volunteer Centre.

Information on the next Volunteer Managers and Coordinators Forum can be found in the events section

The organisation attends all four volunteer managers forums run by Fingal Volunteer Centre.

Information on the next Volunteer Managers and Coordinators Forum can be found in the events section

03

Policy Developmen

The organisation has a written policy on volunteer involvement that sets out the organisation’s values for volunteer involvement, based on principles of equality and diversity.

Information on Volunteer Policy Development

Information on promoting equality and diversity in volunteering

The organisation develops has a functioning volunteer policy in place and has completed a full rotation of the volunteer management cycle.

Information on Volunteer Policy Development

Information on the Volunteer Management Cycle

The organisation’s annual plan includes objectives for volunteer involvement which are reviewed on a regular basis.

Information on Volunteer Policy Development

Developing an organisational Plan

04

Supporting your volunteers

The organisation designates responsibility for volunteers, to a key person or group of people within the organisation; and these responsibilities are clearly outlined in job or role descriptions and regularly reviewed.

Appointing a Volunteer Coordinator

Volunteer Coordinator Responsibilities

Staffing a volunteer programme

Preparing for a volunteers First day

Support and supervision is provided individually to volunteers.

Support and Supervision for Volunteers

The organisation sets aside a budget to run its volunteer programme each year

The cost of a volunteer 

05

Describing the volunteer roles

A ‘description’ is drawn up for each volunteer role

Developing Volunteer role descriptions

The organisation monitors equal opportunities in their volunteer roles.

Developing Volunteer role descriptions

The organisation ensures diversity of the volunteer team and implements procedures to aim to increase the diversity and representation from the local community.

Diversity in volunteering

06

Describing the recruitment process

People interested in volunteering are provided with clear information about the opportunities and any recruitment procedures.

Link to articles on Volunteer recruitment

Volunteer recruitment insights

A variety of roles are developed to attract a wide range of new volunteers.

Sample Role Descriptions 

Volunteer roles toolkit

A clear and unambiguous recruitment policy is developed.

Sample recruitment policy

07

Providing training

Volunteers are provided with the necessary information and / or training to carry out their role.

Induction checklist

Options are provided to volunteers for further learning and training.

Induction checklist

Dedicated ongoing training is made available to volunteers.

Training for volunteers

08

Recognising and valuing volunteering

Volunteers are recognised and valued for their contribution.

Motivation and thanking volunteers

Volunteers have the opportunity to feedback on a regular basis

Motivation and thanking volunteers

Volunteer Feedback and reviews

All staff and board members recognise the value of the contribution of volunteers and communicate effectively their appreciation.

Motivation and thanking volunteers

Volunteer Recognition Events 

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