Announcing guest applications

Guest account processs
Sarah Dewe
Digital Service Manager at Reach Volunteering.

There are heaps of benefits to joining the Reach community as a member. But what about potential volunteers who don't want a profile?

At Reach, we’re always looking to improve, and we do this by talking to our users and looking at how they use our service.

One thing that has come up time and again from charities is how highly they rate the calibre of volunteers that come through our service. We think this is partly down to our volunteer profile. Volunteers have told us that completing their profiles gives them the opportunity to really think about what skills they want to volunteer and how they want to contribute to the charity sector.

Some volunteers don't want a profile

Some volunteers aren’t interested in volunteering in general, but are really excited about a single role.

We want to give them an opportunity to apply for that role, without having to complete a full profile, so we’re now giving volunteers the option to apply for roles with a guest account. With a guest account, volunteers will be able to make guest applications for up to five roles during the course of a month, without having a profile.

We still ask that they meet our criteria and we still review their work history before processing their applications, so organisations registered with us should continue to see experienced and engaging volunteers applying for their roles.

The benefits of joining Reach 

What’s on offer

Guest 

Member

All of our services are free to volunteers

Apply directly to charities.

Limited*

Yes

Access to our dedicated service team, here to support you with the application process.

Yes

Yes

Create saved searches and email alerts.

Yes

Yes

A profile on the Reach community – charities will be able to read more about you, your interests and skills.

No

Yes

Ask charities a question before applying.

No

Yes

A range of ways to find roles:

  • Reach creates a search based on your profile
  • Reach can suggest roles you might be interested in
  • Request a personalised search from the Reach team.

 

No

Yes

Charities can find you and ask you to apply for their opportunity.

No

Yes

Support and guidance along your volunteering journey:

  • Profile review – help you identify your transferable skills
  • Advice once you’ve taken on an opportunity.

 

No

Yes

* Guests can apply to up to five roles over the course of one month.

What next?

We hope this new feature will make it easier for volunteers and organisations to make great matches and we will monitor its use with interest. We want to continue to put our users at the centre of our design and development processes so if you have any feedback or ideas, please don't hesitate to get in touch at info@reachvolunteering.org.uk.