Inclusive Volunteering

Volunteer Scotland is leading work to encourage greater inclusion in volunteering.

We’d like to see equality of opportunity for all people to volunteer in ways that are right for them, with the support that each person needs to make volunteering possible.

In 2017 we formed a national strategic group for inclusion in volunteering, with the following organisations:

By listening to people who experience exclusion from volunteering, we will identify best practice to reduce barriers and enable all people to volunteer. We will increase understanding by challenging stereotypes and assumptions, and by creating safe spaces for people to acknowledge uncertainty and exchange knowledge and skills.

Our approach will identify common themes from many groups, with a focus on enabling each individual to volunteer. We will create and share resources, including practical guidelines for volunteers and volunteer managers, encouraging and empowering people to make volunteering more inclusive.

If you would like to know more about our work, please contact us iivservices@volunteerscotland.org.uk or join the conversation using #InclusiveVol on twitter.

Top Tips

These 'Top Tips' have been created for you to think about the important things which need to be considered to ensure a positive experience for all individuals engaging in volunteering. They have been created for anyone who supports volunteers and designed to support your learning and thinking regardless of the size or nature of your volunteering activity.

We have a reflective and facilitated approach to our leaning and the information asks you to consider certain key points. Explore them in your own context and develop an approach suitable to your situation.

The materials will also signpost you to additional learning opportunities at the end of each section which can also act as a gateway to further reading and learning on the specific topic or volunteering practice, if you would like.

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  • Dyslexia Scotland - Inclusion Top Tips

    The following Top Tips have been created for you by Dyslexia Scotland, to think about the important things which need to be considered to ensure a positive experience for recruiting and supporting dyslexic volunteers.

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  • Action on Hearing Loss Scotland - Inclusion Top Tips

    The following Top Tips have been created for you by Action on Hearing Loss Scotland, to think about the important things which need to be considered to ensure a positive experience for all recruiting and supporting volunteers with Hearing Loss or Deafness.

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  • Scottish Drugs Forum - Inclusion Top Tips

    The following Top Tips have been created for you by Scottish Drug Forum, to think about the important things which need to be considered to ensure a positive experience for all recruiting and supporting volunteers with a history of problem drug use.

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  • Recruiting and supporting LGBT Youth Volunteers

    The following Top Tips have been created for you, by LGBT Youth Scotland, to think about the important things which need to be considered to ensure a positive experience for all when recruiting and supporting LGBT volunteers.

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  • Recruiting and supporting disabled volunteers

    The following Top Tips have been created for you, by Glasgow Disability Alliance, to think about the important things which need to be considered to ensure a positive experience for all recruiting and supporting disabled volunteers.

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  • Involving refugees to volunteer for your group or organisation

    These Top Tips were produced by the Scottish Refugee Council. By reflecting on these top tips we would hope that these points help you make your volunteering offer more inclusive

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  • Inclusion in volunteering - common areas

    These Top Tips were produced by Volunteer Scotland and the National Inclusion in Volunteering Group.By reflecting on the following we would hope that these points would help you make your volunteering offer more inclusive.

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  • Encouraging more women to volunteer in your group or organisation

    These Top Tips were produced by Glasgow Women’s Library. By reflecting on these top tips we would hope that these points help you make your volunteering offer more inclusive.

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