Volunteer Toolkit

160323 VolunteeringCPRE is an organisation founded on voluntary work.

Volunteers plan and lead campaigns, help out in our branch offices, organise events, respond to planning applications, govern the charity as Trustees and much, much more. All of our volunteers make a vital contribution to the success of CPRE and our vision for the countryside. Volunteers have been the life blood of the charity since it was formed in 1926.

In recent years the culture of volunteering has been changing. Advertising for volunteers has become more sophisticated, with many people searching online. Volunteer centres, and many volunteers themselves, now expect organisations to take a professional approach to volunteering – having policies and procedures in place, and offering a proper induction. All in all, there is much more competition between charities for people’s time and all organisations need to take a proactive approach to recruitment.

The Volunteer Toolkit follows on from the guide Finding and Keeping Volunteers in chapter four of the Branch Handbook, but it takes a more practical approach, allowing you to download and adapt the templates for your own use.


What you will find in the toolkit

  • Role descriptions for 16 common CPRE volunteer positions; all of which can be adapted to suit your own requirements.
  • Handy documents including posters, leaflets, adverts, expenses forms and volunteering agreements.
  • A sample volunteer policy.
  • A reference guide and contact details for the most common volunteering agencies, including REACH, Volunteer Centres, Working For A Charity and CSV.
  • Guidance on legal issues from Volunteering England.

The contents of the Volunteer Toolkit would also apply to other voluntary organisations, and we’d love to share it with them. Member organisations, as well as individuals, may view and download it from here.