Manage & Recruit Volunteers

Is your nonprofit organisations supported by excellent volunteers? If not you can use digital tools to help you find the right volunteers to support your organisation in a variety of fields. The good news doesn't stop there, once you have recruited your volunteers you can use digital tools to help you manage your volunteers. Add your top tools and share your experience with others.
Here are some of Community How To member's favourites to help you get started...

3 (previously Volunteer Spot) is a simple way to help organise volunteers to help with community events. There’s sign-up sheets, volunteer scheduling software, and management tools to send out reminders and reports, saving you time and effort.

Managing volunteers can be challenging, but Kim Wood of Blackpool Wyre & Fylde Council for Voluntary Service tells us how digital tools helped him crack it.



Advertise your volunteering opportunities free of charge to over 1,000,000 registered volunteers, by working with your local Volunteer Centre.


thirdbridge helps organisations to build corporate partnerships, recruit volunteers and measure the social impact of their programmes.


Twitter is a real-time information network that connects you to the latest stories, ideas, opinions and news about what you find interesting. Simply find the ones you find most compelling and follow the conversations.

Nicola Wallace-Dean is the centre manager for Starting Point in Stockport and found using Twitter an excellent way of recruiting and communicating with volunteers.



This project management software allows you to plan & execute tasks, recurring tasks, track time and manage deadlines with your team on a virtu



Superb online collaborative mind mapping



Coursera aims to give everyone access to world-class education from the best universities.



An amazing team collaboration tool that is essentially searchable, channel-based chat, but done really, REALLY well!


LinkedIn is a social media platform where you can connect with the people you do business with, and share your company updates through direct mes

3.666665 is a social network which connects community and charity projects with companies that can help.



StreetBank allows you to post messages in a way similar to Facebook but directly to the club members



Simple tool for organising projects and tasks in secure groups. Ideal for anyone working on multiple projects at one time



Yammer brings the power of social networking to your company. Yammer is as easy to use as great consumer software like Facebook and Twitter, but is designed for company collaboration, file sharing, knowledge exchange and team efficiency.

Rachel Verney, Manager of Central Services, talks about how she has used Yammer as a tool for the Kingston CAB’s Pro Bono legal advice project.

Blue Dots


Reward volunteers and supporters for their actions with exclusive offers and products from Blue Dots.


4 is a social enterprise based in London which makes it easy for you to enlist employee volunteers to support with your service delivery.

Google Drive


Google Drive allows you to store documents safely, access them from anywhere you have access to a browser and the internet, and collaborate on documents in real-time with other people

Southern Housing Group
Anthony Snead, Digital Champion for Southern Housing Group, talks about how Southern Housing Group uses Google Drive to store and share documents quickly and securely.

Message Hero


Send and receive group SMS text messages instantly to your customers, members and staff.

Digital Skills Volunteers


The UK online centres website allows any third sector organisation who provides basic digital kills to people in its community to register for free

Team viewer


Use TeamViewer for online team meetings and presentations.



Trello is a free management tool that organises your projects around a digital board. Collaborate ideas in a simple, visual and interactive way.