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by Craig Braisby

Motivations are used to capture a volunteer's reasons for volunteering with an organisation for use in reports. Motivations are requested on an application and from the volunteer's user profile. 

Assemble includes a default set of motivation reasons which apply across all organisations. These can be viewed, re-ordered, edited, deleted or new questions added if required while remaining linked (where relevant) to the original 'base' question to support cross-organisation reporting. 

Be careful not to enter PII or medical information
The motivation selected by a user will be seen by anyone who has supervisor access.

Please note that if a user has multiple roles, only their primary role is counted toward motivations.


Added motivations are visible immediately both on application and user profiles. New options will default to the end of the existing list but can be dragged to a new position if required.

When adding a motivation, you can link it to an original question where relevant via 'Motivation base'. This is used to support cross-organisation reporting:

  • To give something back
  • To help children
  • To make a difference
  • To build new skills
  • To gain experience
  • To help others
  • To be part of a team
  • To enhance my CV
  • To meet people and make friends
  • To support my local community


To ensure motivations remain compatible with previous answers, care must be taken when editing as this affects all previous and future entries. As such edit should only be used on either a new motivation that has no answers or to correct a minor spelling issue. 

Edit should not be used where the meaning of the motivation would be changed or previous answers will no longer make sense. In a scenario where a meaning needs to change, delete the original response and add a new one. 


Deleting a motivation hides it from all future forms but leaves existing answers intact. You will be prompted to confirm as this action cannot be reversed.


The User Motivations report can be found under the overview of Starters and Leavers and provides a pie chart of all user's motivations. User_motivation_report.jpg