Prior to the start of any volunteer programme it is necessary to establish why the force wants to involve police volunteers. Creating a business case will help show your commitment to volunteering and highlight the potential benefits.
There are many reasons why police support volunteers could be involved, including:
Success of the programme will depend on a clear understanding of why they are being involved. This means providing the required resources and developing an environment where volunteers feel valued. It is also important that differences between employees and volunteers, and the implications of these are recognised.
Stakeholders will need to consider the following issues:
Volunteering is not free, a fact often forgotten and frequently underestimated. Equally, the efficiency gains resulting from the use of volunteers are seldom factored into any justification.
Providing quantifiable data can be difficult but one tool available to address this problem is the Volunteer Investment Value Audit (VIVA). This tool will provide the template for a business case.
VIVA has been implemented by many large and small voluntary groups since its creation in 1996. It has been used in the public sector and employer-supported volunteering, and is approved by the National Centre for Volunteering and the British Government.
For information go to:
Volunteering England: VIVA
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National Occupational Standards
The links below will take you to the National Occupational Standards for Volunteer Managers.