• Does your organisation actively support volunteers or could they be doing more?
  • Do you struggle to get buy-in from senior level and the wider team for the importance and need to volunteers?
  • How does your organisational culture impact on a volunteers experience and what does this mean long-term?

This special Network Day has been designed to focus specifically on sharing experiences of how we can better develop a pro volunteering culture within our own organisation.
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This event is kindly supported and hosted by Jewish Care.

Jewish Care
Amélie House,
Maurice and Vivienne Wohl Campus,
221 Golders Green Road,
NW11 9DQ

NOTE: Please do not bring any food or drinks to the venue other than water as all food on site needs to be kosher. Any other food or drink brought to the event will not be allowed on site. Lunch and refreshments will be provided throughout the day.

10:00am Arrivals, Tea and coffee and Informal networking

10:30am Welcome from AVM
10:35am Structured networking
11:00am Building and Effective Volunteer Programme from the Ground Up.
Rachel Tapp – Volunteer Co-ordinator – London Borough of Havering Council
How do you build a volunteering programme from scratch? What challenges might you meet along the way and how can you overcome them?
We will explore the journey towards an effective, working volunteer strategy woven throughout the aims and objectives of the wider organisation. This talk will touch on identifying the need for volunteers as well as writing and implementing rewarding and valuable roles and formalizing programmes with written policies all whilst getting your most important resource on-board – staff and service users.
12.00pm Developing a volunteering culture at Royal Mencap Society by engaging staff and volunteers through our internal people communications work.
Kate Adams – Head of Volunteering & Liz Cyro Head of Internal Communications – Royal Mencap Society
This presentation will take a look at Mencap’s volunteer culture as well as their agreed principles to volunteering and how internal communications have been an essential partner in developing their people messaging. Kate and Liz will give a practical overview of building the internal relationship whilst sharing internal communication copy and giving practical examples of what they did.
13:00 Lunch – To be provided
13:45pm Creating a Volunteer Culture Within Your Organisation.
Adrienne Thompson – Volunteer Development Manager – Arthritis Care
Arthritis Care has long been referred to as a ‘volunteer led’ organisation. However, until 2015, it had no dedicated volunteering function to ensure they honoured this statement.
While there have been amazing things happening across the UK, which are volunteer led, the culture within the organisation did not always exist to support this.
During this presentation Adrienne will describe the steps they have taken throughout the course of the year, and will share some tips around how to get organisational ‘buy in’.
Of course there have been challenges, but there have been many successes and lessons learnt. They hope to share these with you, and their plans for this ever evolving piece of work.
This has been an exciting journey for the whole organisation, but it isn’t over yet.
14:45pm Open Space (with tea and coffee)
An opportunity for attendees to lead or request discussions on topics relevant to them, drawing on peer support to explore challenges and celebrate successes
15:45pm Final comments and evaluation
16:00pm Close
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Comments (2)

This sounds great but I’m unable to make it. I’m really interested in how to change organizational culture towards involving volunteers and wonder whether it might be possible to include one or more of these sessions as workshops on the AVM conference in October.

Hi Marie,
Thank you for your comment. Unfortunately we will not be covering this topic at our AGM as we try not to duplicate topics covered in our networking events and the conference. That being said several people have got in touch to say they are interested in attending this networking day but that they can’t make the 8th so I will be looking into the feasibility of running the same or similar event later in the year. In the meantime there will be a series of guest blog posts on the topic and the slides from the day will be published on here shortly after the event and I hope that these will be of some benefit to you.
Abigail Cooper
AVM Events Manager

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