Volunteer recognition and celebration
The easiest way to get enough volunteers is to keep the ones we have!
Celebrating and thanking our volunteers and the impact they have on the members of their colony, pack, troop or unit and the people they work with is a vital step in our approach to retaining adults across the county.
There are many ways we can do this, the obvious being through the national awards for good service and the long service declarations schemes. But it is the small and personal things that often matter the most so with this in mind we are committed to:
Celebrate our volunteers all year round
We make sure we value and recognise our volunteers throughout the year. We do this by:
Making it personal
Social media is a great, public way to thank and celebrate our volunteers but unless, those that use it social media, check our social media accounts, how will they ever know how grateful we are?
Saying thank you
Saying thanks to our volunteers often and sincerely. We say thanks informally – in person, on the telephone, email or card and/or formally at special events. We make sure everyone understands why we have volunteers and why they are so vital to our organisation.
Showing them they are part of the team
Our volunteers make scouting happen and therefore are an integral and the key part of our organisation. Make them feel part of our wider team is incredibly important and we do this at everyone possible opportunity.
We want our volunteers to know they are appreciated and valued for their contributions and we have a range of ways to formally say thank you.
We regularly show our appreciation by nominating our volunteers for the association’s national awards for outstanding and excellent service and we present awards for milestoones in length of service too.
Very soon we will proudly launch our own county recognition awards to help ensure that all our volunteers are recognised, valued and celebrated.