Category: Volunteering

North West Volunteer Managers Network Meeting

Thursday 3rd May
Elizabeth Gaskell House, Manchester
10:30 – 13:00

The North West Volunteer Managers Network is an opportunity for any museum volunteer managers to come together, network and learn new skills. The next meeting will be led by Jack Puller from the Volunteer Centre Manchester and focus on trends in volunteering and

For more information and to confirm your attendance contact the Chair, Darren Collingwood – Darren.Collingwood@nationalfootballmuseum.com

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Volunteer Manager of the Year Award

To mark this year’s conference, which is taking place at the Museum of London on Friday 13th April, the Heritage Volunteering Group are delighted to announce the introduction of our Volunteer Manager of the Year Award.

Through this award they’ll be celebrating and sharing innovative and outstanding examples of volunteer leadership within our sector. Nominations are welcome from all areas of the heritage sector and can be made for a Volunteer Coordinator, Part-time Supervisor, Head of Volunteering, paid or unpaid.

To nominate someone, please complete and return your form to us at heritagevolunteeringgroup@gmail.com by 5pm, Friday 23 March 2018

Association of Volunteer Managers Conference funded places

The Whitworth, Manchester
15th March 2018

The North West Volunteer Managers Network, with funding from MDNW, is delighted to be able to offer five places at the Association of Volunteer Managers conference in Manchester on Thursday March 15th at the Whitworth in Manchester.

Further details are here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/avms-volunteering-for-all-measuring-the-health-and-wellbeing-benefits-tickets-42078689493?aff=TwitterExternal.

The funding is for ticket only and does not include travel. If you would like to apply for a funded place, please send an expression of interest to Darren Collingwood, darren.collingwood@nationalfootballmuseum.com.

Heritage Volunteering Conference funded places

Museum of London
13th April 2018

The North West Volunteer Managers Network, with thanks to MDNW, has two places available at the Heritage Volunteering Conference at the Museum of London on 13th April 2018. This is a fantastic networking event with Volunteer Managers/Co-ordinators from across the country and also a great way to pick up new skills.

“The Future of Volunteering: A Time to Think Differently” will explore the changing nature of volunteering within our sector. For further information please see https://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/support-us/volunteer/heritage-volu.

The funding is for ticket only and does not include travel. If you would like to apply for a funded place, please send an expression of interest to Darren Collingwood, darren.collingwood@nationalfootballmuseum.com, by Friday 23rd February 2018.

 

Volunteer Opportunity: Victoria Gallery & Museum

New Perspectives Exhibition Volunteers
Volunteers are required for an exciting exhibition taking place at the Victoria Gallery & Museum in Liverpool during 2018. The opportunities will involve contributing to an exhibition by contemporary artists Open Music Archive. There are two different opportunities available and we would welcome applications from volunteers who would like to do both roles due to their similarities. The roles are detailed below.

ROLE 1: Research/pre-production role: from March until June 2018

The objective of this role is to contribute to the exhibition by supporting artists Eileen Simpson and Ben White (Open Music Archive) on the research phase of the project in the Institute of Popular Music for the exhibition at VG&M in September 2018.

Specific tasks include:

  • Handling of archival material (vinyl and shellac records)
  • Digitising 78rpm and 45rpm singles
  • Tracking digitisation and updating the project database
  • Photograph the vinyl/shellac record, label and sleeve

ROLE 2: Digitisation/production support role: from August 2018 until November 2018)

The objective of this role is to contribute to the exhibition focusing on the digitisation/production phase of the project. Volunteering will take place in the exhibition space at VG&M in slots allocated when the exhibition is open: Tuesday to Saturday 10am until 5pm.

Specific tasks include:

  • Handling of archival material (vinyl and shellac records)
  • Digitising 78rpm and 45rpm singles
  • Tracking digitisation and updating the project database
  • Communicating with members of the public
  • Briefing and instructing other members of the volunteer team

For further information please contact Nicola Euston, Museums & Galleries Manager: nicola.euston@liverpool.ac.uk.

Association of Volunteer Managers’ Conference 2018

Volunteering for All: Measuring the health and wellbeing benefits
Thursday 15th March
The Whitworth, Manchester

From AVM:

We all know the great impact volunteering makes, but how do we measure the benefits?

Can we quantify the health and wellbeing advantages of a particular volunteer programme?

Join us to hear the results of key studies in this area, and how volunteer managers make the most effective use of this knowledge!

This event will address various aspects of the volunteer journey from the volunteer managers perspective, with a particular focus on measuring the health and wellbeing benefits for everyone involved: the volunteers; the programme managers and volunteer leaders; the organisation; the end users and clients.

We will hear the results of some key work into volunteer motivation and behaviour, including: assessing the volunteering habits of certain groups; attracting and working with younger volunteers and families; two different assesments of wellbeing.

There will be a facilitated roundtable discussion, comparing the viewpoints of volunteer managers with guest volunteers from some of the programmes discussed during the day, as well as networking and discussion sessions for attendees to share and compare their own challenges and experiences.

Agenda (subject to change)

10:30 Registration.

11:00 Welcome address from AVM director.

11:15 Emma Horridge, Manchester University and Lee Ashworth, Imperial War Museum: The”IF: Volunteering for wellbeing” project.

Emma and Lee will tell us about the ground-breaking project, where volunteers were trained across ten different sites, for ten weeks. The project aims included: social ROI; measuring the wellbeing impact of volunteering; utilising heritage sites as community hubs. The presentation will outline the aims, results and long term impact of the project.

11:55 Wendy Hunwick-Brown, Ripon Museum: Working with younger volunteers.

Ripon is in rural North Yorkshire where the challenge of access to leisure and cultural services is exacerbated by poor public transport and isolation from peers. Wendy will talk about the reasoning behind their project focused on younger volunteers, how they combined training for heritage specific skills with broader, more transferable skills, and how this project feeds into the larger, families program.

12:30 Group table discussions and networking.

1pm LUNCH, which is provided.

1:45 Will Watt, Jump Projects: BAME and low socio-economic volunteering.

Will is going to present the findings of Jump Projects’ recent research into BAME and low socio-economic volunteering.This in-depth, original work has uncovered some surprising data and the conclusions will be relevant across the third sector.

2:20 Beccy Bracey and Jenny Salton, Kirklees Museum and Galleries, Catherine Bradley, The Audience Agency: Is volunteering good for your health?

The presenters will discuss their two year project to assess the health and wellbeing benefits of their volunteer program. This will cover: why they commisioned the evaluation; how it was conducted – the methodology and reporting of results; what difference this has made to their volunteer offer and their relationship with partners.

3 pm Coffee and tea break

3:20 The Volunteers’ Perspective: A facilitated roundtable discussion.

Following a brief introduction, this table discussion will be co-facilitated and led by volunteers from some of the programs discussed throughout the event. This is an opportuity for volunteers to feedback some constructive criticism on volunteering and the leadership and management of some of the programs. We anticipate a frank and open debate on the effectiveness, strengths and possible weaknesses!

3:50 Roundup and conclusions, with guest Matt Hick, SMG and HVG.

4 pm Closing address from AVM

4:15 Finish.

Any enquiries, please contact Greville Southgate, L&D Officer on greville.southgate@volunteermanagers.org.uk or 020 7426 9192

To book a place please visit the eventbrite page.

Pioneering Volunteer Makers – A New Era for Engaging Audiences

Volunteer Makers is delighted to announce its speakers for the Pioneering Volunteer Makers conference on 17th November.

Participants will hear from the museums themselves who are pioneering Volunteer Makers and the steps they have taken to create an organisational-wide engagement culture and implement new thinking in volunteer engagement.

  • Laura Kinnear, Curator, Holst Birthplace Museum, Cheltenham
  • Hannah Mather, Jarrow Hall, NE EMP Chair and TWAM Volunteer
  • Fran Riando, Volunteer Manager, Geffrye Museum, London
  • Jessica Hartshorn, Learning and Outreach Officer, Rugby Art Gallery and Museum
  • Amanda Hart, Director, Corinium Museum, Cirencester

I could see instantly the potential to grow a community of what Volunteer Makers call ‘blended volunteers’, and how this could start from someone volunteering to lay our fire once a week to eventually becoming a Visitor Experience Assistant’. Laura Kinnear

Volunteering can make a real difference not only to the organisation which you are supporting but it can also have a positive impact on your own life. I know from my own experience how rewarding it can be to give a little’. Hannah Mather

Everyone was buzzing and excited after the session, and I can honestly say I have never had such heart felt positive feedback about a change of system before!’ Jessica Hartshorn

Volunteer Makers is a national programme of volunteer engagement training and a digital application for museums supported by Arts Council England.

A third of people in the UK are volunteering and the value of volunteering is worth billions. With shifts in demographics, digital and funding models a new way of thinking is necessary if museums are to engage volunteers in a way to sustain and diversify their audiences.

Volunteer Makers is a different model for engaging and inspiring volunteers which grows a museum’s community of active supporters, providing a measurable value exchange.

Volunteer Makers National Conference is a FREE fringe event for Visitors and Delegates at the Museums Association Conference, Manchester, Friday 17th November, 1:30-16:20. Includes lunch and refreshments.

This is a chance for museums to further participate in Volunteer Makers and understand the benefits of Blended and Micro-Volunteering and how this affects the workforce now and into the future.

Please register here for the Volunteer Makers event: http://pioneers.volunteermakers.org/ as places are limited. If you are attending as a Visitor you can access the MA free Exhibition programme too. If you are planning to attend the MA Conference as a Delegate, please also register as places are limited.

For more information please contact: Anna Bryant, Project Engagement and Marketing Manager annab@volunteermakers.org www.volunteermakers.org @VolunteerMakers

Pioneering Volunteer Makers – A New Era for Engaging Audiences

Volunteer Makers is a national programme of volunteer engagement training and a digital application for museums.

Our pioneer museums can be found here.

A third of people in the UK are volunteering and the value of volunteering is worth billions. With shifts in demographics, digital and funding models a new way of thinking is necessary if museums are to engage volunteers in a way to sustain and diversify their audiences.

Volunteer Makers is a different model for engaging and inspiring volunteers which grows a museum’s community of active supporters, providing a measurable value exchange.

This is a chance for museums to further participate in Volunteer Makers and understand the benefits of Blended and Micro-Volunteering and how this affects the workforce now and into the future.

Volunteer Makers National Conference is a FREE fringe event for Visitors and Delegates at the Museums Association Conference, Manchester, Friday 17th November, 1:30-16:20. Includes lunch and refreshments.

Please register here for the Volunteer Makers event: http://pioneers.volunteermakers.org/ as places are limited. If you are attending as a Visitor you can access the MA free Exhibition programme too. If you are planning to attend the MA Conference as a Delegate, please also register as places are limited.

www.volunteermakers.org #pioneeringvoluntermakers @VolunteerMakers

Northern Museums Volunteer Pass Scheme

Delivered by the Museum Development teams in the North West, Yorkshire and the North East the Northern Museum Volunteer Pass Scheme is one of the largest schemes in England. Also known as the “Pink Pass” this scheme is open to all accredited museums, or those who have received official recognition of working towards accreditation, in the North West, North East and Yorkshire and Humberside region.

The Museum Volunteer Pass scheme is a mutually beneficial partnership between participating museums and entitles volunteers to free entry (and/or additional benefits where advertised) at participating museums in the region. A leaflet is produced annually listing all participating museums and the benefits at each institution for volunteers.

To be eligible to participate in the scheme museums must be able to offer a benefit to volunteer pass holders visiting from other museums. This may include:

  • Free entry to the museum
  • 10% discount in the shop and/or cafe
  • Free tea and/or coffee.

These benefits may be extended to include one guest accompanying the volunteer pass holder. 
Once accepted into the scheme, museums will be issued with named Institutional Passes, which they can loan out to their volunteers, and also Individual Passes.

The passes are issued in April each year and are valid for two years from the date of issue. The Institutional Pass is equivalent to 10 volunteers. The Individual Pass is not transferable. 
As individual passes are not transferable, we recommend that the passes are accessible only to your active volunteer base. If museums require any additional passes we would encourage the use of the institutional pass in the first instance.

As Museum Development needs to measure the uptake of this scheme, participating museums are asked to monitor the usage of the passes within their visitors. We ask that museums record the numbers of volunteers presenting their passes at each museum so that we can monitor take up and geographical use.

You can sign up to the Volunteer Pass scheme for April 2018 – 31 March 2020 NOW on Survey Monkey.

If you have any queries about the Volunteer Pass Scheme please contact Gillian Waters gillian.waters@ymt.org.uk

 

Volunteering Opportunity: Heritage Railway Association

Secretary, Heritage Committee 

As the result of a sudden vacancy arising, the HRA Heritage Committee is seeking applications for the role of Committee Secretary.

This is a volunteer role with no remuneration. Travel and subsistence costs (and any other appropriate outlays) can be reimbursed under the terms of the current HRA Expenses Guidelines. No specific hours of duty but the successful applicant will have sufficient time to undertake the role. Meetings are held four times a year at the NRM, York, generally on weekday afternoons (the next meeting being scheduled for 19th September 2017).

Core tasks will include taking and circulating the Minutes of meetings, for which at least some previous experience would be helpful. An interest in railways or industrial heritage would be an advantage. You should be computer literate and have good communicating skills. The Secretary is responsible to the committee Chairman for organising meetings, including liaising with the host venue, drafting agendas and circulation of other related documents.

In addition to the core tasks, you would be welcome, if you wish, to assist with other elements of the Committee’s work, specific tasks being shared out amongst Committee members.

Please reply in the first instance to: Sam Bee (Committee Chairman) at sam.bee@hra.uk.com, with C.V. and any further detail which you think might be relevant.

Expressions of interest would be appreciated by 4th August.