The end of the committee? Volunteering structures in a changing world

Sarah Merrington is Senior Development Manager for CIPD (the professional body for HR), recruiting HR professionals as volunteers to support job seekers and those who want to develop in their careers, and an AVM Volunteer. Even though I have worked in volunteer management for some time, and for several organisations, there is always one thing that (more…)

AVM Director 2018 elections open for nominations

UPDATED: Nominations are now closed. AVM Director elections open for nominations The 2018 elections to join the board of AVM are now open for nominations. Any member is eligible to stand for election, and this is your opportunity to help shape and lead the Association of Volunteer Managers as a director. Find out more by (more…)

We need to talk – handling emotions and challenging situations with volunteers

Laura Elson is a freelance consultant and a self-confessed volunteering geek. Currently consulting with England Netball and First Tech Challenge UK, Laura has been working in the volunteering sector for 15 years, and is a member of AVM. I met a brilliant colleague of mine for coffee last week and straight away I could tell (more…)

Building bridges between volunteering and research

This is a guest post by Shaun Delaney, volunteering development manager at NCVO, overseeing strategy for volunteer management and good practice. Previously, he was head of volunteering at Samaritans and is currently a volunteer trustee of Greater London Volunteering. This was first posted on the NCVO website.  As a volunteer manager, I like my practice (more…)

Recruiting a new treasurer: can AVM count on you?

Do you have a head for figures? Want to help AVM thrive and grow? Got time to give to help grow the volunteer management profession? If this sounds like you – or someone you know – then AVM would like to hear from you! The AVM board is looking to co-opt someone with finance skills (more…)

Reflections on the CIPD London Branch event: HR and Volunteer Management

CIPD Central London Branch joined up with the Association for Volunteer Managers on 20th June 2018, for a panel discussion to address the thorny issues and burning questions around the relationship between HR and volunteer management. AVM Director Karen Ramnauth shares her reflections on the event The event started with a casual vote of those (more…)

Volunteers’ Week: Saying thanks

Originally posted on the NCVO website. Saying thanks Whether we’ll admit it or not, we all love to receive a genuine ‘thank you’ for something we have done. There is something that makes even the most cynical of us (guilty as charged) at least feel a little warmth inside us. Even if we don’t always (more…)

Mentoring: Who do you think you are?

By Claire Knight Tweet to @bumblebore69 AVM member and mentoring scheme participant; Strategic Partnership Manager, Macmillan Cancer Support When I was a child, this phrase was imbued with meaning far beyond its words.  What the adult saying it really meant was “you, young lady, are too big for your boots”.  It was intended to cut me (more…)

Building bridges: volunteering research and practice workshop

We are pleased to invite you to a workshop on volunteering research and practice, co-hosted by the Voluntary Sector Studies Network, Association of Volunteer Managers and the Network of National Volunteer Involving Agencies and supported by NCVO, on the 7th June 2018, 10:30-15:30, London. The aim of the workshop is to bring together volunteer managers (more…)