Guest blog by Chris Martin
This month has seen the culmination of a conversation that started five years ago, and I’m absolutely delighted to finally announce that TeamKinetic will be the very first corporate partner of the Association of Volunteer Managers.
Since starting TeamKinetic, I have been working away sharing the gospel of digital volunteer management. Having come from a sports and events background I was unaware of the richness and diversity of the wider volunteering world. I knew it existed, but I didn’t really appreciate the depth and breadth of it.
As I became more enlightened about volunteering outside of my comfort zone, I was lucky enough to stumble upon the work of the Association of Volunteer Managers and their learning and development days.
The first thing I felt when attending this event was the warmth of the welcome, and despite some of the volunteers and staff having changed over the years, the openness and welcoming atmosphere hasn’t changed one bit. It was a revelation to see this organisation run by volunteers doing what they were for the greater good of the sector. I think as early as that first session back in 2015 I was already thinking about how I could get involved.
It goes without saying that there is so much more than a warm welcome and a lovely group of people, the AVM’s work is essential and over the following five years we at TeamKinetic have been really proud to support their events where we could, but I always felt there was potential to do more.
Being the first at anything comes with its own set of challenges and this was no different. As an organisation, the board at AVM needed to develop its own understanding of how a partnership might work and what it might like to offer a potential partner. They also wanted to make sure that any organisation they worked with share their values and beliefs about volunteer management. Over the last 5 years it’s been a real pleasure getting to know some of the people who make AVM what it is, working on the occasional project and talking about how we might support each other’s work. So although we are now announcing our official partnership, it feels like we have been unofficial partners for quite a while.
So, here we are, the very first corporate partner and we are so excited to get started.
It’s my hope that as TeamKinetic we can bring some real value to the AVM. TeamKinetic’s mission is to make volunteering easier and we want to share with you our experience and knowledge about digital transformation and how to use digital tools to manage your volunteers.
We also believe that every organisation, no matter how big or small can access and afford these digital tools without any fear of cost or growth. We appreciate not everyone will want to use TeamKinetic but I think what we have to say will have the potential to positively impact your work.
Over the next 12 months, we will be working with the team at AVM to develop some accessible resources and materials that you might find useful if you are thinking about how you might use digital. We will be exploring what type of member offers and benefits you might like from us to make it easy and affordable for you to look at digital volunteer management and most importantly we hope to get to know you all a little bit better.
We are sure this is just the start of a long and mutually beneficial partnership with the fantastic team at AVM and if you have any questions or suggestions of the type of content we can create for you then please do get in touch with me and let me know.
I really look forward to seeing you all at the conference this year, please do say hello if you spot me.
Chris Martin is Sales Director of TeamKinetic.
TeamKinetic have been delivering volunteer management solutions for over a decade, with tools to help organisations of any size recruit, retain, and reward volunteers. The story began in 2007 building community-driven apps for Manchester City Council. The system was initially designed to recruit 300 volunteers, but resulted in over 3000 people signing up!
Since then, the TeamKinetic system has continually developed based on user feedback and the latest trends in the third sector, serving clients in a range of markets. The TechForce19 challenge, set by NHSx and the UK Government, recognised TeamKinetic for their work supporting the vulnerable, elderly, and self-isolating through volunteering during the COVID-19 pandemic.