Supporting Organisations Who Work With Volunteers

Do you work for a new or established charity or voluntary organisation across the borough of Sutton and are you looking for support with your volunteers?

We are here to help you recruit and retain volunteers and share best practice. Whether you are starting a volunteer programme from scratch or looking to expand your existing activity, we can help! Your main contact is Natasha Blok at

Thank you for your patience with her response as she works part time and helps with over 600 organisations.

Top 5 steps to start

  1. Email Natasha to arrange a 30 minute intro chat
  2. Sign up to the introduction session to learn how we can help you! (Email Natasha for next dates)
  3. Get an advert on Simply Connect including your direct contact details. If you’re not on there you’re not visible to our 4000+ volunteers!
  4. Put it on your social media/website that you’re looking for volunteers, tag us to share.
  5. Get a volunteer to help with your admin (if you don't have one, they can be your first advert).

What can we help with?

Promoting your roles

Volunteer Coordinators' Forums

Simply Connect training

We have multiple ways to help you promote your volunteering opportunities and help support with your processing, retention and reward of volunteers. Join one of our virtual introduction sessions* to learn all about it.

Does it cost?

All our help is provided free of chargeall we ask for in return is that you please do these four things:

1. Register on Simply Connect and keeping your details, including contact details, up to date (Log into Simply Connect here).

This also offers the options of our dedicated online advertising board to help you recruit volunteers. It's the quickest and easiest way to access residents interested in volunteering. It's free and advertises your opportunities 24/7. It also can suggest volunteers who match your role opportunity for you to proactively contact.

If your organisation is already registered, you can create your own personal log in and then link to your organisation. Please be careful to check whether your organisation already exists on the system. Still click the register shown below, and later link to your organisation.

For any help and support on using Simply Connect contact Natasha

2. Sign up to the Volunteer Centre Sutton Monthly Round Up newsletter This is how we keep organisations informed of important dates and promotional opportunities.

If you wish, in addition you can also sign up to our Volunteering opportunities newsletter.

3. Give us feedback e.g. How we’re doing e.g. surveys and when you fill volunteer roles, as once they contact you directly we lose sight of that.

4. Engage with us e.g. Reply to emails / opportunities and come along to the training and Forums.


What training and events do you have?

Virtual/Online Introduction to Volunteer Centre Sutton for organisations*

  • Recommended for all organisations

 Volunteer Coordinators' Forum

  • Friendly in person monthly peer support and shared training group

Click here for Forum and training dates and information

We also have a WhatsApp group for Volunteer Coordinators' who have joined Forums contact Natasha for the link.


Here are some photos of the support given and fun had together so far...

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Please click on the links below to access a range of helpful documents to help you manage your volunteer projects including the Volunteer Toolkit.


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Recruiting Volunteers 

Log in or register with Simply Connect


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Promoting Volunteer Opportunities

Get your roles seen



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Making Volunteering Accessible

How to support all volunteers 



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Forum & Training

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