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This page outlines the basic steps to inducting volunteers. Before recruiting volunteers, make sure your organisation is volunteer-ready by completing the Volunteer Management Health Check.

The GLV's London Volunteer Management Charter outlines Best Practice as shown below. 

Basic Practice Good Practice Best Practice
Health and safety briefing Volunteers briefed on organisational procedures Induction features briefings with key staff


Templates and examples

Induction Checklist, North Linc Ranger Service (PDF)
Volunteer Induction (for volunteers to sign), WVSD (MS Word)
What to Expect (information sheet for volunteers)Volunteering Wandsworth (PDF)

Sample Health and Safety Statement, Volunteering England (PDF)
Sample Volunteer InductionNorth Nottinghamshire CSV Mental Health Project  (PDF)
Sample Volunteer Agreement, Volunteering England (PDF)

Other Guidance

Volunteer Inductions (MS Word)
Knowhow Nonprofit

Volunteer Policies Guidance Booklet (PDF)
Volunteers' Week

Good Practice in Volunteering Manual (PDF)
Volunteer Centre Bromley. Includes sample policies

Complete Volunteer Policy (PDF)
Groundwork London, 2013

Top Tips

We meet with many local organisations who have great ideas about inductions. Here are few we have heard that we thought were food for thought

  • Inductions are an important time to set the tone and expectations of volunteers. Give volunteers the chance to ask questions and make sure the role suits them
  • Inducting a group of volunteers at the same time saves your time