This probably seems an odd thing to say but it’s something you need to think about isn’t it?
- The person who supervises the volunteer on their regular volunteering slots could be saying THANK YOU at the end of the session. If you train other people in how to support and manage volunteers, it would be a good idea to include a short section on how to recognise volunteers’ contributions and the importance of those two little words!
- You as the Volunteer Co-ordinator could be holding an event to say THANK YOU to a group of volunteers.
- For a more formal event what about the Chair or Chief Executive saying THANK YOU? This would add a certain formality to a gathering, but would also hopefully make the volunteer feel important.
- If you are holding a formal event, you could have a V.I.P. taking on the role – maybe a local MP, the Mayor or some local dignitary who supports your project. In Dudley borough, the Mayor takes on the Volunteering Champion role each year as part of their duties and is usually delighted to support and events involving volunteers.
If the person saying THANK YOU isn’t you or the person who supervises the volunteers, make sure you give them some background information about what the volunteers do, not just a list of names. This will help to make the whole thing more personal.
Just remember – try to tailor the way you say THANK YOU to the volunteer[s]. If they don’t like a fuss, don’t arrange a formal red carpet event or they may well not turn up! You may have to downscale it to coffee and cake to make them feel more comfortable!