GuideStar launches volunteer recruitment facility

GuideStar UK has denied that its new facility to help charities advertise volunteering opportunities will rival online volunteer datatbase do-it.org.

The new resource allows charities to publicise opportunities on the GuideStar UK website, which will also include a new function enabling volunteers to search for opportunities by topic and location.

Youthnet UK already runs do-it.org, an online database of volunteering opportunities, which is supported by Volunteering England and the Cabinet Office.

A spokeswoman from Guidestar said: "Our new service is based on feedback from charities and the general public on what they wanted to see on the site. We haven't actually spoken to Youthnet about this, but we will always make sure to signpost our list of relevant organisations and resources, which includes do-it.org."

Lesley Bourne, Partnership Director at YouthNet told Third Sector Online that she welcomes any initiative that encourages more people to volunteer. "Guidestar builds on its current strengths by signposting its users to the key players in the world of volunteering," she said.

The new GuideStar facility will be free for both charities and the general public. Volunteers will be able to search for vacancies by clicking on the “advanced search” link, while charities can advertise volunteering opportunities by clicking on the “update my charity” link.

“Not only can charities list vacancies for free, but it also means that volunteers know where to look for information about every volunteering opportunity in England and Wales,” said David Brocklebank, chief executive of GuideStar UK.

The Guidestar UK website – which was launched on 12 December 2005 – provides information on the activities, organisation and finances of all 168,000 registered charities in England and Wales.


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