Diversity in Volunteering: Attracting different demographics

22 February 2018, The Crypt, Christ Church, Spitalfields, 10:30 – 4:15 pm

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Interested in attracting a more diverse volunteer base?

Interested in targeting volunteers from a particular demographic?  

Hear from our experienced speakers on different strategies for attracting a more diverse volunteer base, as well as presentations from organisations that have identified specific demographics they are keen to recruit.

You will hear about the process of identifying the need and assessing the benefits throughout an organisation, then various approaches to targeting and recruiting volunteers from different demographics.

We will hear the experiences of three organisations working with older, younger and LGBT volunteers. We will also hear from two umbrella organisations that are developing or have developed strategies for attracting diverse volunteers in general.

There will be table discussions, networking opportunities and ample space for delegates to share their own experiences, concerns and success stories.

A light lunch and refreshments are included in the price.

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22 February 2018, London.

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Contributing to the health and care workforce strategy

Health Education England have launched their draft health and care Workforce Strategy consultation. The Strategy will be published in July 2018 to coincide with the NHS’s 70th birthday. The draft strategy sets out the current workforce landscape in the NHS and social care, and the approach to shaping the face of the NHS and social care workforce for the next two decades.

The Association of Volunteer Managers will be submitting a response to the draft consultation, and would like to hear our members’ views to inform our response. Question five will be of particular interest to the volunteer management community, which asks:

 

Do you have any comments on how to better ensure opportunities to; and meets the needs and aspirations of; all communities in England?

Areas to explore may include:

  • What more can be done to attract staff from non-traditional backgrounds, including where we train and how we train?
  • How we better support carers, self carers and volunteers?

 

Members can submit their comments or questions to Ruth Leonard, AVM Chair via email ruth.leonard@volunteermanagers.org.uk

The consultation ends in March 2018, so all comments or questions should be submitted by end of February 2018.

AVM welcomes the arrival of Helpforce

The Association of Volunteer Managers welcomes the arrival of Helpforce into the sector. Volunteering is an important part of the fabric of health and social care with an estimated 3 million people volunteering regularly.

The health service is facing unprecedented demand. There is no doubt that volunteering in health will and must increase. A balanced and strategic approach is essential to future-proof our health service.

Volunteers don’t only play a greater role in supporting NHS staff, they also connect and empower communities.

To be sustainable, volunteers should be offered opportunities which are rewarding, flexible and suited to their skills. Volunteer managers must share their experience and learning; a cohesive approach is fundamental to success.

GDPR & IG – What will be the impact and are we ready for it?

An AVM L&D event, 23 January 2018, 1pm – 5pm Click here to book

This event will enable you to health check your own preparations for the new regulations and compare notes with others.  We will also hear from organisations with recent, relevant experience: RNLI chose to implement the new GDPR regulations almost 1 year ago – what have they learned and what do they recommend?; Alzheimers Society have specific experience of data usage issues, having received an Enforcement Notice from the Information Commissioner -how did they deal with the broader impact, and how did they put the experience to good use in their own GDPR preparations.

Tom Payne and Esme Chapman, Data Governance Analysts of RNLI,  Kate Adams, Head of Volunteering and Amy Symons, Volunteering Support Manager of Alzheimers Society will share their experiences for the benefit of all.

The ‘experts’ suggest that no-one can be sure they are fully prepared until their preparations are put into practice. However there are some key areas and parameters relevant to all. Paul Jennings, partner at BWB law firm, will guide us through the legalities of GDPR.

The event will cover all the key points, as well as some of the less obvious implications:

What will be the impact on volunteers and volunteer managers, as opposed to fundraisers? Do we need data on existing volunteers to attract and recruit new volunteers? Do volunteering and fundraising departments need to coordinate their data management far more effectively, to avoid overloading the same supporters?

There will be table discussions and networking opportunities. Come and share your experiences, concerns and expectations. Book now 

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#iwillWeek -November 20th to 24th: save the date and get involved!

Following the seminar that Andy Chaggar and the team delivered at the AVM conference we wanted to remind you to save the date! #iwillWeek 2017 is November 20th – 24th. Building communities through youth social action. What will you be doing? Get inspired and get involved. Here is the #iwillWeek webpage  http://www.iwill.org.uk/get-involved/iwillweek-2017/ for further information.

As part of our support for the campaign AVM will:

  • Harness our links with AVM members to promote support for the campaign
  • Address challenges faced by volunteer managers supporting young people in social action
  • Seek to encourage Government to support volunteer management as part of its commitment to volunteering and to the #iwill campaign

Our Pledge For International Volunteer Managers’ Day 2017

Today AVM is marking International Volunteer Managers’ Day with an organisational pledge dedicated to the community of UK leaders of volunteers.

Our pledge: We pledge to empower, enable and amplify the voice of all managers of volunteers across the UK.

Every year 5 November marks International Volunteer Managers’  Day, an opportunity to talk about and thank those who work to make volunteering happen across charities and communities, in ground-level sport, in the public sector, and in all other settings where volunteers contribute their time and talents.

The 2017 theme is Be The Voice, with a call to action to make a pledge, either individually or as an organisation.

AVM chair Ruth Leonard said: “We think it’s important to lead the pledges by affirming our commitment to volunteer managers on this very special day of the year.”

You can make a personal pledge by visiting the official website, or join us in central London on Tuesday for networking and to make your own pledge amongst VM colleagues.

Exploring Digital Technology for volunteer management. An L&D event.

5 December, 10:30 – 4:30, Arlington Conference Centre. Click here to book.

Sponsored by Better Impact.

Rob Jackson will host the second in our series of Embracing Digital events. In response to member feedback, this L&D event will address a range of digital tools that can assist volunteer managers and benefit organisations. From CRM and database management systems to webinars and e-learning tools, we will consider some of the most effective and economic digital technology available.

Whether you are considering which digital technology could best help the ongoing development of your volunteer programme, or whether you are already implementing your chosen solution, this event will be ideal. Both a showcase for digital possibilities and a forum for discussion.

This is an all day event, with presentations from specialists as well as organisations that are currently using and experimenting with digital technology. Attendees are invited to share their own experiences and opinions and get fully involved with round table discussions and  interactive activities.

Presenters include: Rob Jackson; Tony Goodrow of Better Impact; Daisy Charlton of Macmillan Cancer Support; Ed Shrager of Alzheimer’s UK; Jonathon Henwood of RNIB; and live by satellite from America, Jayne Cravens

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Exploring Digital Technology for volunteer management, an AVM L&D event, is sponsored by Better Impact.

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The Community Life Survey 2017: Are volunteering levels dropping, or is the real issue about how we count and define volunteering?

The Community Life Survey: What is volunteering and how do we count it? An L&D event

16 November, 1- 5pm at Voluntary Action Islington (VAI), N1 9JP. Click here.

The Community Life Survey is presented as the government’s overview of volunteering nationwide, but is there universal agreement on what volunteering actually is and how best to measure it? If you want to incorporate data in your own reports, what’s the best data to use and the most effective way to present it?

This L&D event will give the government’s Lead Researcher, Olivia Christophersen, the opportunity to explain the reasoning behind the government survey, explain the change in methodology and present her interpretation of the results. She will explain what the government is aiming to measure, how it defines the parameters of volunteering and how and why they have progressively switched to online questionnaires.

Cian Murphy, Head of Data Science at nfpSynergy, will present an alternative perspective on measuring volunteering, drawing on more than 15 years of collecting relevant data. As well as presenting trends and analysis, he will consider the challenges in determining what constitutes volunteering, and why such varied conclusions result.

Finally, Veronique Jochum, Head of Research at NCVO, will deliver a presentation on how these survey results are used to improve understanding of how people get involved in volunteering, transitioning from past behaviour to future decision making and engagement. She will discuss various publications that utilise the survey results, including NCVOs latest: ‘Getting involved: How people make a difference’

As always, there will be networking and discussion, with opportunities for everyone to get involved and share their own experiences, challenges and opinions.

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The Community Life Survey: What is volunteering, and how do we count it? 16 November, London N1 9JP

AVM Grows Its Voice With New Chair and Five New Board Members

At this week’s AGM the Association of Volunteer Managers welcomed a new chair and five new members of the board, as the organisation looked to grow its voice for the volunteer management profession.

Founding member Debbie Usiskin stood down from both the position of chair and the board after ten years, and announced her successor as Ruth Leonard.

Ruth’s first task after the announcement was to share the results of the board elections, where successful candidates Jo Gibney, Daniel Ingram and Karen Ramnauth were all appointed to three-year terms on the board. While four board places were being contested, following a draw for fourth place the AGM resolved to appoint the two drawing candidates Angela Wilson and Rachel Ball to two year terms as directors.

Ruth said: “We’d like to wish a heartfelt thanks and best wishes to Debbie Usiskin who stood down from the role of Chair of the Board at our AGM. Debbie has given an immense amount of time and commitment to AVM since our official launch and before. At the launch event 10 years ago she described ‘managing volunteers as becoming like juggling, but harder’ and it seems as if expectations are even greater on those who involve and work with volunteers today. Debbie will continue to be a great advocate of AVM and as with all our members will have a powerful part to play in the future.”

Debbie Usiskin was part of the team that conceived and founded AVM, along with John Ramsey, and served as Vice Chair from its formal registration in 2007 until taking on the role of chair two years ago. Her successor Ruth has a track record of senior level volunteer engagement and currently works as Macmillan Cancer Support’s Head of Volunteering.

The newly-elected directors help grow the varied skills and perspectives on the board, coming from an array of organisation types and management levels. Jo Gibney comes from The British Legion’s Volunteer Support Unit and holds an ILM Level 5 in Volunteer Management, Daniel Ingram comes from the animal charity Wood Green, and Karen Ramnauth brings legal training and the perspective of volunteer engagement within the NHS to the board for the first time.

In addition to Debbie, the AGM saw board members Karen Janes and Bryan Precious retire from the board, after two and three-years respectively.

On taking up the position of chair, Ruth reflected that, “We as the Board need to remember advice from the launch event’s facilitator that we need to allow AVM to grow in line with members’ wishes and as members – this is your association so you have a responsibility to help it grow – it shouldn’t be done solely by the Directors.”

In addition to Ruth and new directors Jo, Daniel, Karen, Angela and Rachel, the board of AVM currently consists of Treasurer Patrick Daniels, Chris Reed, Fiona Wallace, Rachael Bayley and Vice-Chair A.S. Maini.

AVM working with Open University to raise the profile of volunteer management.

The Open University is currently producing some material for two short courses called

Self Development for Managers and Managing People and their potential.

They would like to film some interviews with managers along the themes that are mentioned below, and have asked AVM if some of our members may be interested in being interviewed and filmed. They are  looking for people who have responsibility for managing volunteers, not necessarily  senior managers or directors . They are hoping to interview managers across a range of sectors including those managing staff as well as volunteers.

They hope to be doing some interviews over the next couple of weeks. The interviews would take about an hour or so and they would probably film either at or close to the persons place of work. They would obviously talk to the people in advance to advise them on the types of things they would want to ask them, so that interviewees are happy that they want to contribute.

The course is a short course delivered online to students and covers a number of different areas

Managing People and their potential covers:

• Welfare, Well-being and engagement at work
• Keeping healthy and Safe at work
• Understanding and Managing risks
• Work health and Well being

Self Development for Managers covers:

• Personal Development
• Time Management
• Developing a PDP
• Planning into action

Anyone interested in this should contact Amanda Willet at: amanda.willett@open.ac.uk