Mary Poppins

Lifeline stores on the mid North Coast of NSW are trialling a new way of engaging volunteers. Rather than being bound by a regular schedule, volunteers are able to ‘pop in' when it suits them.

For tertiary students, casual workers and charitable surfers a rigid volunteering schedule may get in the way of their other goals in life. The pop-in approach will enable them to arrange their volunteering around more prioritised activities.

Charities that have floating tasks such as sorting and folding clothes are well-suited to this model. Other groups could consider creating floating tasks rather than insisting on set times for volunteers to attend. Maintenance tasks, such as weeding and watering at community gardens, would be suitable for pop-ins (will they come to be called Poppins?)

It is hoped that the pop-in concept will increase the overall amount of volunteering. See full article.

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