Non-formal volunteers are generally those who come together around a shared interest, usually around addressing specific social needs in their local community.
They often work in less structured settings with less defined roles and limited funding. Activites may be undertaken by whoever has the time and interest. There may be coordinators for various activities, but there is unlikely to be a formal volunteer manager.
Volunteers tend to join these community organisations with the goal of sharing experiences or providing assistance, and they are likely to think of themselves as members or friends rather than volunteers.
Some examples of non-formal volunteering include:
- Volunteering for a bushcare or catchment group
- Running the canteen for a sporting club
- Volunteering for a specific hobby group
Non-formal volunteering differs from informal volunteering which is a term used to describe voluntary acts of helping and kindness to friends, family and neighbours.