This briefing is for play projects that want to involve volunteers. It provides information and case studies on volunteering, outlines reasons why people might want to become volunteers and what play organisations need to do to support their volunteers effectively.
People who volunteer their time, skills, knowledge and experience are part of the lifeblood of play projects. Not only do they make it possible for children to increase their range of play experiences but they also support paid staff while gaining skills and experience themselves. Many of the country's play services and adventure playgrounds rely on the hard work of volunteers to remain open and in the current economic climate volunteers are increasingly important. Many play projects have been set up by volunteers from the local community who feel the need for a service that does not already exist.
This briefing was produced as part of Play England's Engaging Communities in Play programme.