Volunteers are a fantastic resource. Part of the Volunteer Centre Croydon’s role is to develop high quality volunteering programmes across the borough. We invite Volunteer Involving Organisations (VIO) to take part in:


Volunteer Co-ordinator’s Forums

These are free events which enable those who recruit and support volunteers to come together to hear the latest local and national news and discuss volunteer management issues. Check the CVA calendar


Volunteer Management Training

Training events designed to cover the essentials of volunteer management to develop your confidence and strengthen your volunteer programme. Check the CVA calendar.


One to one support meetings

Meet with Karen or Mary, to discuss your volunteer programme. We will help find practical solutions to problems, plan for the future involvement of volunteers and ensure you are making the most of the Volunteer Centre Croydon’s services.

Great for organisations that wish to use our services for the first time.

Email Karen Chillman or Mary Lawrence.


Telephone and Email support

Queries and questions? Any of the staff team at the Volunteer Centre can offer support.

Call Karen or Mary on 0208 253 7070 or email Karen Chillman or Mary Lawrence


Volunteer Management Blog


Volunteer management

  • Health Benefits of Volunteering

    31-03-2020 15:35

    In the VC Croydon we’ve been thinking about the health benefits of volunteering and decided to do some internet research. There is a vast array of research and articles out there about this topic. Much of it feels like common sense; social contact, keeping active, learning new skills, we all know that these things make us … Continue reading "Health Benefits of Volunteering"

  • I did not plan to take this on but

    31-03-2020 15:35

    I know that many of you who receive my updates never thought you’d find yourselves in charge of volunteering programmes. Managing volunteers is often slipped in to other roles, added as an extra to a project or you’re told “if you think it’s a good idea, go ahead and get some volunteers in”. I’m still … Continue reading "I did not plan to take this on but"

  • Solving Problems

    31-03-2020 15:35

      You know that I know how amazing volunteers are, however it’s my job to think about things that can go wrong. What happens if one of your volunteers is unhappy with you, their role, the organisation or all three? They complain. It’s often not clear who volunteers should or can complain to so this … Continue reading "Solving Problems"