Finding Volunteers

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I volunteer for a Hospital Radio Station in Nottinghamshire, and have been there for around 5 years.

Unfortunately our voluntary numbers have reduced significantly recently, due to the increase of internet radio stations and probably a lack of advertisement.

Does anyone have any suggestions or where we could post volunteer advertisements? We especially need to advertise to the retired.
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  • alanqalanq Forumite
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    Is there a local Volunteer Bureau? Notices in libraries?

    Perhaps https://do-it.org ?
  • PasturesNewPasturesNew Forumite
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    Local FE colleges/Unis - maybe people simply don't know that a Hospital Radio even exists, or how it works, or what it does, or where from, or what hours ... or what a volunteer does. Promote it to students to get their grandparents to apply.

    There are many people with no Hospital experiences whatsoever.

    I didn't know there were such things as Hospital radio.
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    Just had another thought - you could contact the local Amateur Radio Clubs - they're full of older people who have radio/broadcasting experience and aren't phased by transmitting..... and there's little they can do with a microphone outside of club nights and sitting in the occasional field....
  • Wizard_of_IdWizard_of_Id
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    Post a message on your local Freegle site, they now have a slot for this kind of thing with an easy form to fill in with your details.

    https://www.ilovefreegle.org

    Search for your local group, sign in with Yahoo, facebook or Google identity and away you go.
  • CharleyYpresCharleyYpres Forumite
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    Ask your local supermarket if you can flyer there. This got the most attention when I worked for Age Cymru. Also, do you have a local free magazine/newspaper? Sometimes ads can be posted for free or a reduced rate for charities. Social media is a great way to attract attention, whether it be on your own pages or by posting on other local pages for other supporters to see.
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  • I would try an appeal to Saga or U3A. Both organisations attract retired people with time on their hands.
  • kingfisherbluekingfisherblue Forumite
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    Have you advertised within the hospital itself? There are lots of people that may be interested, so posters on boards in the different departments - blood testing and other outpatient departments especially.

    Also try doctor's surgeries, as many have notice boards. Churches, libraries, anywhere that people might look at a noticeboard.
  • Savvy_SueSavvy_Sue Forumite
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    We especially need to advertise to the retired.
    You've had some good suggestions for reaching this age group, but why???
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  • robin58robin58 Forumite
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    Local FE colleges/Unis - maybe people simply don't know that a Hospital Radio even exists, or how it works, or what it does, or where from, or what hours ... or what a volunteer does. Promote it to students to get their grandparents to apply.

    There are many people with no Hospital experiences whatsoever.

    I didn't know there were such things as Hospital radio.

    Where have you been! Hospital Radio has been around for decades. But having said that most people don;t know about the service until they or thier family end up in hospital.

    OP if you do promote to colleges or unis, put a minimum age limit, say 17 or 2nd year of course for people from there.

    Most colleges lecturers always will suggest it to thier students to get experience but the the young kids just starting the course think it's all about playing records and being a 'DJ', and not the hard graft of going around wards to collect requests.

    I do suggest you allow all ages to apply, you will be surprised by what youngsters can bring to the radio and the external parts of running it eg fundraising,
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    Contact your local paper and see if they will run an article.

    Put adverts in local supermarkets- think I've seen boards in Wilkinson's, Morrisons maybe Tesco
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