Involvement in Social Enterprises


I am interested in your experiences of volunteer involvement within social enterprises. I am particularly interested in good practice around volunteer recruitment, support and management.

There seems to be a grey area around whether volunteers in a social enterprise get free police checks? I think the fact that the business is profit making might be causing confusion. Also I am interested in how the relationship between paid staff and volunteers are managed, especially when a volunteer led enterprise starts to take on paid staff.

I know that alot of the existing volunteer management good practice holds within a social enterprise setting but the fact that the business is profit making (albeit profit that is going back into the business which is for social benefit)muddies the water.

Any experiences / experienced good practice advice would be appreciated.

eBay Volunteers

Hello All,

I am exploring the possibility of a new volunteer role and I am interested in hearing from anyone who has had experience of involving volunteers to sell items on eBay.

Approaching it from the perspective of a library service rather than a retail based organization I would like to hear from anyone who has specific knowledge but any experience of writing a role description, what is successful (or not) and any anecdotal experiences you might want to share would be gratefully received.

I look forward to reading your responses.