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- After December 2nd
- Monitor anxiety
Most participants and volunteers have at least some anxiety about returning, and these feelings can remain or even worsen after they’ve come back.
- Listen to volunteers and participants
You should understand and address the diverse range of needs and concerns so you can provide inclusive opportunities. Let volunteers know that you’re open to new ways to get involved and you’ll support them.
- Ongoing communications
Holding regular, informative interaction across different mediums (such as social, web, email, phone, messages) is key. It’s even better if these can be open, honest and personalised.
- Promote your club or group's social value
People’s perception of the social and community value of being part of a club has strengthened: they have really missed the connection, as well as training or competing.
- Provide support around the guidelines
People are also considering how guidelines and social distancing will impact their experience or enjoyment – it might be wise to determine whether some groups would benefit from a re-induction.
- Reduce volunteer burnout
New tasks are a potential barrier to return for some volunteers. For many clubs, fewer volunteers often means that those who do give their time have to take on more tasks to ensure the club operates safely, resulting in too few doing too much.