It’s a Date – AVM 2017 is on 18 October

With five months to go until we come together for AVM’s sector leading annual conference, we’re asking you to keep Wednesday 18 October firmly held in your diaries.
At AVM 2017 – The Annual Conference we’ll celebrate our 10th birthday and, with plans hotting up, the event promises to be bigger and better than ever before. We’re thrilled to announce an exciting line-up of keynote speakers, as shown below, with further announcements on seminars to follow over the coming months.
We’re delighted that the conference will again be held at the Royal National Hotel, London, close to Euston and Kings Cross stations. Early bird tickets will be released shortly so be sure to keep an eye on your emails for further news. Last year’s event sold out in record time, so we’d strongly encourage you to book as early as you can.
Our keynote speakers this year will be:
Julie Bentley
CEO, Girlguiding
Having dedicated her career to the not for profit sector, including as a youth worker, a young people’s drug and alcohol worker, Julie has gone on to hold a number of senior leadership positions in the sector for twenty years. Julie will speak to AVM nearly 5 years into her role as CEO at Girlguiding.
Vicky Browning
CEO, Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations (ACEVO)
Vicky heads up ACEVO, the UK’s largest and most influential network for Charity and Social Enterprise Leaders. For nearly 30 years, ACEVO have provided support, development and an inspiring, collective campaigning voice for their members across the UK, the leaders of small, community based groups, ambitious medium-sized organisations, and well known, well-loved national and international not-for-profits.
James Probert
Director of Strategy and Impact, City Year UK
James joined City Year UK in 2009 and, as Director of Impact, he oversees the design and evaluation of activities for school children and young people, and the expansion of the ‘service year’ concept to new areas. James will be speaking on the Full Time Social Action Review and any implications for the voluntary sector and specifically the leaders of volunteering in the sector as a result of the outcomes of the review, due out immediately before the conference.
Save the Date
So make sure to keep 18 October free and watch out for more news on the conference in the coming months. Remember that members will enjoy a substantial discount on conference tickets when bookings open.

Work with AVM as our Learning & Development Officer

AVM are looking for a Learning & Development Officer to join the team.
The main objective of the role will be to plan, manage, market and deliver a schedule of high quality learning and development events/activities with the purpose of creating significant revenue, growing our membership and promoting AVM’s reputation and profile.
This role would suit someone with significant experience of designing and co-ordinating learning events, alongside event management experience and attention to detail. Existing experience within the voluntary sector or a professional membership body would be a bonus. Detailed role profile and person specification are available on our CharityJob listing.
The salary offered for this post is £26,500pa.
The deadline for applications is Noon on Friday 24 March 2017.
Interviews will be held during week commencing Monday 3 April 2017.
Application is via CV and cover letter sent to Fiona Wallace through our CharityJob listing.

Introduction to Volunteer Management: An AVM Learning & Development Day

Book HERE.
Venue:  Better Bankside | Bankside Community Centre | 18 Great Guildford Street | London | SE1 0FD
Date: Thursday 9 March 2017
Timings: Registration will open at 10:15 with presentations beginning at 10:30. The event will close at 13:30.
Agenda:
Volunteer management gives us the opportunity to work in an enjoyable environment, with truly inspiring and dedicated people. But how do we take the first steps into this world?
This workshop is aimed at those who are new to volunteer management and will explore what it means to be a volunteer manager in a range of different contexts, whether as a volunteer in a small organisation or a paid member of staff in a large national. You’ll have the chance to reflect on how to engage the right volunteers, if you should retain them and, if so, how and who you need to have as your allies in order to make your volunteer programme a success.
This 3 hour workshop will give an overview of current best practice, as well as expert tips, the chance to ask questions and an opportunity to meet others starting out in volunteer management.
This workshop is facilitated and delivered by Chris Reed, Head of Volunteering at Barnardo’s. Chris has led volunteer functions in major UK charities and worked in volunteering infrastructure for over a decade.
Please note: Light refreshments will be provided throughout the day but lunch will not be, instead delegates are encouraged to bring their own or to purchase it from food vendors close to the venue.
Book your space HERE NOW

Not a member? 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.

AVM Hires First Employee To Grow Events Programme

I’m pleased to announce that AVM, in partnership with nfpSynergy, has just recruited its first full time employee.
To grow our range of events, seminars and conferences we’ve employed Abigail Cooper in the role of Events Manager. Having worked on our plans for over a year we know Abigail will be a huge asset to our work, and allow us to do more events, in more places, on more topics.
We know there is demand for the growth in volunteer management and leadership expertise from both large and small organisations and we aim to fill the gap in the market and support volunteer managers.
Abigail’s appointment will also increase our capacity, freeing up directors to focus on reviewing our membership model to include organisations, not solely individuals, to create a sustainable platform for growth.
To help us make this move nfpSynergy have offered office space, administrative support and professional services during the first year.
With a greater programme of events, we believe we can grow our income, increase our impact, and support the appetite for training and CPD from the volunteering development sector. We think it’s a win/win for AVM, and hope you’ll join us in welcoming Abigail.
 

Increasing the value and impact of volunteer management

Please find attached the presentation and material from the workshop presented at NCVO’s Evolve event on 16 June.

  • Kristen Stephenson, Volunteer Management and Good Practice Manager, NCVO
  • Debbie Usiskin, Vice Chair, Association of Volunteer Managers
  • Rachael Bayley, Director, Association of Volunteer Managers and Head of Volunteering Development, Save the Children

 

Help to Work

The Association of Volunteer Managers advises its members to think very seriously before getting involved with the new Community Work Placements (CWP) or the Mandatory Intervention Regime (MIR) as part of Help to Work.
The CWP is a mandatory work placement scheme that unemployed people will be forced to take up and complete (at 30 hours per week for six months) to avoid losing their benefits. Any charities signing up to the scheme should be very clearly aware that this is not volunteering and that volunteer management practices will not necessarily be applicable.
Organisations will have to understand that they will be required to report a claimant’s non-attendance or poor performance, and that this could result in their loss of benefit.
Volunteers support us with their skills, effort and time because they want to and so a level of willing support for the cause can reasonably be assumed, which will clearly not be the case with CWP.
Whatever views we may have of the principles behind this change to the welfare system, it is worth noting that the government do not refer to it as volunteering. It is the media who have used that word in their reports and have made the situation appear worse than it is.
Organisations primarily concerned with the welfare of the most vulnerable people in society must be especially careful as the potential for reputational damage is significant.
AVM Board of Directors
 



Background
Government announcement: Help to Work: nationwide drive to help the long-term unemployed into work (30th April 2014)

AVM Seminar – Tuesday 13th May – Hatton Locks

Tuesday 13th May (10am- 3.30pm) at Hatton Locks, Canal and River Trust
Price: £25 (members) and £42 (non-members)
Location
Canal & River Trust Hatton Locks office (Dundas Meeting Room), Canal Lane, Hatton, Warwick CV35 7JL
Nearest train station is Warwick Parkway which has direct trains from London and Birmingham.

What will the seminar cover?
Session 1: The challenges of working with remote volunteers: what does this mean for our practice as volunteer managers and leaders?
Speakers: Nikki Squelch (Alzheimers Society) and Helen Johnston (RNIB)
As the world of volunteering changes, how comfortable and confident are we to work with volunteers we may not meet face to face? This session will reflect on the current Dementia Friends programme at Alzheimers Society and on the RNIB experience of working with remote technology to support volunteers.
Session 2: Reflections on the transition from public sector to charity: opportunities and challenges in volunteering and volunteer management
Speaker: Ed Moss, National Volunteering Manager at Canal & River Trust (formerly British Waterways)
Developing AVM
This seminar will also be an opportunity to:

  • hear an update on the latest developments at the Association of Volunteer Managers, including plans for the national conference and code of practice for volunteer management
  • discuss peer exchange and support: sharing news, views, ideas and requests for help among members

Register
You can book your place now.

Third Sector Strategic People Conference 2014

agendaconsultinglogoAgenda Consulting’s Third Sector Strategic People Conference is on Thursday 20th March 2014 and will be held at The Hallam Conference Centre, in central London.
The conference brochure is available on the Agenda Consulting website:

We are delighted to announce our keynote speakers will be Sir Stuart Etherington, Chief Executive, National Center for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), and Michael Jenkins, Chief Executive, Roffey Park Institute.

At the conference there will be workshops on the following issues:

  • HR making a real difference –the journey we are on. Toni Dumolo, Human Resources Director, Sense
  • Enabling smarter working through the creation of an inspiring workspace. Karen Gravestock, Head of HR, WWF
  • HR and Volunteering: perfect partners or the enemy within? Helen Timbrell, Volunteering & Community Involvement Director, National Trust
  • Building a strategic talent pipeline. Rachel Whale, Programme Director, Charity works
  • Ulrich still works – if you do it your way. Angela Buxton, HR Director, Mencap
  • Building leadership capability throughout RSPB – how we delivered a successful transformation programme. Ann Kiceluk, Director, Human Resources, RSPB
  • Undertaking a successful employee survey. Christopher Duff, Workforce Director, MacIntyre

Discount for AVM members

Members of AVM are entitled to a discount on the cost per delegate.