Local contacts

To enable as many people as possible to access your opportunities, you need to get your message out in a variety of places and formats. Consider the following:

The Volunteer Centre

Register your opportunities at Volunteer Centre Bath & North East Somerset. It's FREE!!

Printed and electronic newsletters

  • Community, faith, school and neighbourhood newsletters
  • Professional association and club bulletins
  • Employee news sheets

Posters and leaflets

Display in doctor's surgeries, libraries, launderettes, colleges and universities (which we have two of), places of worship and on community notice boards.

Local and national newspapers

You can pay for adverts, but for free publicity, you can develop human interest stories about how volunteers are involved in your work and how they have personally benefitted and then get them published. Don't forget to include contact details for anyone reading it and who may be interested in volunteering with you. Try linking your story to a national awareness day/week or a current local issue that has been featured.

Friday Ads
Will place free ads for voluntary work

Social networking sites

See Volunteer Genie for information about how to use social networking sites and online communities to advertise your opportunities.

Word of Mouth

  • Encouraging current volunteers and staff to tell friends and family
  • Personal contact through networking opportunities (many people do not volunteer, simply because no-one ever asked!

Talks and presentations

  • To clubs, societies and special interest groups
  • Pre-retirement seminars at local employers

Community Festivals and events

Having a stall at a local event is a great way to raise the profile of your work and to recruit volunteers

Employee Supported Volunteering

Team challenges and employer supported time off to volunteer (see inVOLve page)

National volunteering events and campaigns

Link advertising your opportunities to events such as:


  • Volunteering section on your own website
  • Do-it the national volunteering database (Volunteer Centre Bath & North East Somerset can register your opportunities for you).
  • Gum Tree post free ads for volunteers

Many will post basic free ads and charge for more content.