AVM Conference 2016 – It's a 220 attendees sell out!

Well thanks to all 220 of you who have booked on our 2016 Conference – it’s going to be a great day. This will be our biggest conference ever and the Events Team and AVM Board look forward to meeting you all on the day.
If you’ve missed out on booking we are running a waiting list should any tickets become available. So if you did want to attend it is worth adding your name to the list – you never know!
For those of you who have booked were see you on the day.
AVM Events Team

2016 AVM Conference – Only 10 places left!

The 2016 AVM Conference is almost fully booked and we don’t want you to miss out on this great learning and networking opportunity with over 200 of your peers.
If you’ve not already booked your place now’s the time to do so as we only have 10 places left.  You can book your place here.
If you are still not sure if this is the event for you then below are just a few of the comments we received from delegates at last years conference.

‘AVM Conference is by far the highlight of my year, in terms of conferences/training/network events. It’s a refreshing change to go to something where everything feels 100% relevant and speaking to people in the same profession.

It’s so well organised and by far the best conference I’ve ever been to (and I’ve been to a lot!). I’ve been to the past 3 conferences and it’s great to see it getting bigger and better than ever!’

‘It has something for all the different levels of volunteer managers, for those starting out to those who are strategic leads, or aspiring to be.’

‘First AVM Conference as a new member! It was an extremely useful and, most importantly, relevant meeting. There is only one of me in my organisation and getting the chance to hear sector updates plus all the opportunities to network were really valuable. It’s great to see our profession championed in this way.’

‘There is no other conference that concentrates fully on volunteer management and the issues that relate to my work.’

Surely now you can’t afford to miss this event?  200 of your peers are already going!  See you there.
AVM Conference Team  – Abi, Anne-Marie, Wendy, Alex, Karen and Alan

Bookings Now Open for AVM Conference 2016

welcome to avmThe conference team have been busy, the venue is booked, keynote speakers are in place and the Volunteer Management event of the year, and highlight of the AVM calendar, is ready to go.
Bookings for this year’s AVM annual conference are now open.  You can book your place here.
This year we are offering a small number of member tickets at last year’s conference price so book early to enjoy all of this year’s conference benefits at last year’s price – what could be better.
Key note speakers this year are:
• Karl Wilding, Director of Public Policy and Volunteering at NCVO
• Julie Bentley, Chief Executive of Girlguiding
• Joe Saxton, Driver of Ideas at nfpSynergy and its founder
Workshops this year include:
• Volunteers and the Law
• Future Trends and Issues in Volunteer Management
• Measuring Volunteer Impact
• Volunteering and Digital Media
It’s an exciting conference programme and we look forward to seeing you there.

Recruiting, Managing and Retaining Volunteers Forum – Inside Government

The Community Life Survey has indicated a significant decrease in the number of volunteers compared to 2013-2014. Without the essential work volunteers deliver, the vital work of the third sector cannot survive.
With this in mind, Inside Government are bringing together key policy makers and industry thought leaders at an interactive forum taking place in Central London on Wednesday 25th May. Participants will hear keynote speakers from AVM, NAVCA and ACEVO and award winning case studies in order to later develop their own strategies on how to effectively recruit, manage and retain volunteers.
AVM Members are entitled to a 15% discount .
You can book your place online here alternatively call Inside Governments booking team directly on 0203 770 6580

AVM Network Day 19th May

Retail Volunteering Networking Event
Are you thinking about how you can get the most out of your Retail Volunteers?
Have you thought about having volunteer run shops?
Are you looking at how best to recruit and retain retail volunteers?
This special Network Day has been designed to focus specifically on sharing experiences of about how we can make the most of our retail volunteers while providing them with Safe and brilliant experiences.
Book your place at Retail Volunteering Networking Event
This event is kindly supported and hosted by Nightingale Hammerson.
Nightingale Hammerson
105 Nightingale Lane, London SW12 8NB
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.
10:00am Arrivals, Tea and coffee and Informal networking
10:30am Welcome from AVM
10:35am Structured networking
11:00am Rising staff costs are becoming a real issue for charity retailers. Save the Children runs 120 shops with no paid shop management and only 20 with. How do they do it?
Diane Eyre – Head of Retail – Save the Children
This workshop is an introduction to Save the Children`s approach to running volunteer self-managing charity retail chain. We will share with you our history, current state and future plans alongside our overall approach.
There will be opportunity for you to think about your current situation and how you can adopt or adapt a similar approach.
12.00pm Keeping pace with retail
Karen Allsop – Head of Volunteering Development – Blue Cross & Liz Reed – Volunteering Business Partner – Blue Cross
Outlining the rapid expansion of the Blue Cross retail network and the impact on their volunteering team. The benefits of taking a business partnership approach to volunteering within the retail team.
We’ll highlight some of the changes and the lessons we’ve learnt and what we would do differently as a result of what we’ve learnt and some of our plans for the future.
13:00 Lunch – To be provided
13:45pm From empty nests to social clubs. Volunteer recruitment & retention in shops at Sense.
Alex South – Volunteer Good Practice Advisor – Sense
Looking at the recruitment and retention in shops at Sense, which involves bespoke plans for shops at different stages in their volunteer recruitment journey and how it works with the “Orange Shop” concept.
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
Why not join AVM and save on the cost of your ticket? YOU CAN JOIN HERE
Simply complete the paperwork and send us a cheque and then pop back here and book on as a member – what could be easier? No need to wait for confirmation of membership.
This special Network Day has been designed to focus specifically on sharing experiences of about how we can make the most of our retail volunteers while providing them with Safe and brilliant experiences

Third Sector Strategic People Conference

Agenda Consulting’s Third Sector Strategic People Conference is being held on Thursday 10 March. There’s still time to book, and take advantage of their multiple delegate offer.
For volunteer managers, join workshops A2 and B2:
A2: ‘Managing community volunteers with a light touch’ – Barbara Gale, CEO, St Nicholas Hospice
B2: ‘Increasing volunteers through intelligent engagement’ – Daniel O’Driscoll, Head of Volunteering, Oxfam
For strategic HR and workforce managers, join A3 and B3:
A3: ‘Look after your people and deliver results – implementing our organisational health strategy’ – Adrian Blair, Director of Organisational Effectiveness, World Vision
B3: ‘Transforming HR – becoming a strategic partner’ – Amanda Nicholson, Head of Human Resources, United Response
Book through Agenda’s website or contact Caroline Oates on 01865 263720 for more information

Network Day: How to get the most out of your Community Fundraising Volunteers

Association of Volunteer Managers Network Day March 3rd 2016
Are you thinking of setting up a Community Fundraising volunteer programme?
Are you thinking about how you can get the most out of your Community Fundraising Volunteers?
Do you think we fail to make the best use of what Community Fundraising Volunteers have to offer?
This special Association of Volunteer Managers Network Day has been designed to focus specifically on sharing experiences of establishing a Community Fundraising Volunteers programme and getting the most of your volunteers in new and existing programmes. You can book here.
This event is kindly supported and hosted by the Guide Dogs
13:00 Arrivals, Tea and coffee and Informal networking
13:30 Welcome from AVM
Structured networking
13:50 Committees to Communities – Juggling an existing traditional Volunteer Network alongside today’s Volunteering appetite
Emily Maskell – Head of Community Fundraising – Save the Children
• We have an ageing network of volunteers – deserving of support and recognition
• We have ambitious growth targets with limited resource
• We’re faced with changing volunteering trends which demand very different propositions from the ones offered to date
• Find out how Save the Children is working in partnership with volunteers to seek solutions, identify opportunities and lay foundations for growth.
14:30 The Do’s and the Don’ts of community fundraising
Daniel Stewart, Community Fundraising Manager – Age UK
A look into the journey Age UK has taken with its community fundraising locally and nationally. Including examples of successful communications to volunteers and supporters, and some tips on how to avoid the more covert bumps in the road.
15:00 Tea Break
15:15 How Guide Dogs are tackling the current challenges facing community fundraising
Rachel Wilkinson – Volunteering Partner – Guide Dogs
Community Fundraising is more challenging than ever before, with new legislation coming into practice, following the heightened scrutiny on the sector and with supermarket collections on the decline. This session will explore the action Guide Dogs is taking in response to these challenges and to ensure that the organisation continues to successfully grow its Community Fundraising income year on year.
We will cover how we aim to:
• Maintain and grow a volunteer-led and volunteer-focused approach to our Community Fundraising offer.
• Develop new and more diverse ways for our volunteers to fundraise for us.
• Sharing what works for us, what lessons we’ve learned along the way and what we need to do more of in the future.
16:00 Final comments and evaluation
16:30 Close
Why not join AVM and save on the cost of your ticket? You can join here

It's a Date – 19 October 2016 AVM Conference

Plans are coming together nicely for the AVM Conference in 2016.  We’ve already lined up some exciting keynote speakers and workshop sessions.
Amongst our keynote speakers will be:

  • Sir Stephen Bubb, Chief Executive of the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations – www.acevo.org.uk.  Sir Stephen received a knighthood in 2011 for his services to the voluntary sector.
  • Julie Bentley, Chief Executive of Girlguiding.   In April 2014, Julia was named as one of Britain’s most influential women in the BBC Woman’s Hour power list 2014

Workshops will include:

  • Volunteers and the Law delivered by Mark Restall author of the Volunteering England publication Volunteers and the Law.
  • A look at some new research conducted by the National Trust and De Montfort University on the differences between managing paid staff and volunteers

So keep the date free and watch out for more news on the conference in the coming months.
The venue will be the same as last year, the Royal National Hotel, London, close to Euston and Kings Cross stations.
Looking forward to seeing you there.
AVM Conference Team

2015 AVM Conference is Go!

keep-calm-and-carry-onBookings are now open for the 2015 AVM Conference on the 14 October at the Royal National Hotel, London, close to Euston and Kings Cross stations.
UPDATE: Conference is now fully booked
Eventbrite page here.
This promises to be a popular and exciting event so book early to avoid disappointment as last year’s conference sold out.
This year we have another packed agenda for you but also with plenty of time for you to network with other delegates something we know you all appreciate.  Our keynote speakers this year are Lynne Berry – Chair Commission on the Voluntary Sector & Aging  and Oonagh Aitken – CEO, Volunteering Matters.  There is a choice of six workshops throughout the day delivered by experts in their field and covering topics such as:

  • Accessibility in Action: sharing good practice on involving volunteers with disabilities
  • Securing board and CEO engagement and approval for your volunteering strategy
  • Corporate volunteering including charging models, using skilled corporates.

This is an event really not to be missed – even if we do say so ourselves.  Where else can you get a full one day conference dedicated to all things to do with volunteer management and lunch in central London from £80!
Don’t take our word for how useful this conference can be for those who manage/lead volunteers here is what attendees at last year’s conference had to say:

  • Unlike most conferences, this one was inspiring and full of healthy and useful debate
  • Very welcoming and well run event with excellent relevant content
  • Great external speakers and thought provoking workshops
  • I went away feeling inspired, motivated and with more confidence
  • Everything about it was excellent – the speakers, the seminars, the venue, the networking opportunities
  • It was my first time attending an AVM conference, and it was thoroughly enjoyable and worthwhile
  • Really useful to meet with my peers and discuss volunteer management
  • Great Networking and good workshops.

We look forward to seeing you at this year’s conference.
AVM Conference Team – Alan, Addam, Wendy, Steve, Anne-Marie and Karen ….

Your AVM Wants You!

It’s that time of year again where we invite AVM members to step forward, become a Director and help us take AVM forward as an organisation.
Now is an exciting time to both be joining AVM and indeed be a part of the Board of Directors.  AVM has exciting plans for it’s development over the next 12 months and we are looking for up to 4 new Directors to join and support us in meeting this challenge.  We are specifically looking for people with the following skills to join the board:

  • Marketing & Promotion of an organisation
  • Fundraising – seeking and securing funding
  • Information Technology – website/social media etc.
  • Finance – been a Treasurer
  • Organisational leadership
  • Leading and delivering change in an organisation
  • Media relations and engagement

If you have any of these skills or indeed know a member who does we’d love you /them to consider joining the AVM Board.  AVM cannot function without you it’s members stepping up and helping to shape your organisation.
If you are interested please read the attached AVM Directors Election Pack (link below). You’ll find all you need to know in here and also who to contact if you’d like to have an informal chat about what is involved.  Don’t delay as nominations close on the 4th September at 6pm.
AVM Directors Elections Pack 2015
We look forward to hearing from you.
Your AVM