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Planning is key to making volunteering work. It clarifies why you are involving volunteers, the benefits of involving volunteers and your plans for getting volunteers involved.

Planning allows you to look at your priorities, ensure that all volunteers are welcome and that opportunities are inclusive.

Planning allows you time to consider your resources, values and capacity and to get as many people on board with the benefits of having volunteers.

Planning identifies work areas you think will benefit most from volunteering, allows you to create clear volunteering roles and shows what you hope volunteers will gain from their experience with you.

The time you can put into planning in the now can save you time, money and stress, as it can set out the foundations on which build your volunteer programme.

This section of our guide will help you to plan for involving volunteers in your cause or organisation.

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