Volunteering for all: measuring the health and wellbeing benefits.

15 March 2018 at The Whitworth, Oxford Road, Manchester

  • We all know the great impact volunteering makes, but how do we measure the benefits?
  • Can we quantify the health and wellbeing advantages of a particular volunteer programme?

Join us to hear the results of key studies in this area, and how volunteer managers make the most effective use of this knowledge!

This event will address various aspects of the volunteer journey from the volunteer managers perspective, with a particular focus on measuring the health and wellbeing benefits for everyone involved: the volunteers; the programme managers and volunteer leaders; the organisation; the end users and clients.

We will hear the results of some key work into volunteer motivation and behaviour, including: assessing the volunteering habits of certain groups; attracting and working with younger volunteers and families; two different assesments of wellbeing.

There will be a facilitated roundtable discussion, comparing the viewpoints of volunteer managers with guest volunteers from some of the programmes discussed during the day, as well as networking and discussion sessions for attendees to share and compare their own challenges and experiences.

Agenda (subject to change)

10:30 Registration.

11:00 Welcome address from Jo Gibney, AVM director.

11:15 Emma Horridge, Manchester University and Lee Ashworth, Imperial War Museum: The”IF: Volunteering for wellbeing” project.

Emma and Lee will tell us about the ground-breaking project, where volunteers were trained across ten different sites, for ten weeks. The project aims included: social ROI; measuring the wellbeing impact of volunteering; utilising heritage sites as community hubs. The presentation will outline the aims, results and long term impact of the project.

11:55 Wendy Hunwick-Brown, Ripon Museum: Working with younger volunteers.

Ripon is in rural North Yorkshire where the challenge of access to leisure and cultural services is exacerbated by poor public transport and isolation from peers. Wendy will talk about the reasoning behind their project focused on younger volunteers, how they combined training for heritage specific skills with broader, more transferable skills, and how this project feeds into the larger, families program.

12:30 Group table discussions and networking.

1pm LUNCH, which is provided.

1:45 Will Watt, Jump Projects: Diversity in volunteering: A new look at ethnic minority and low socio-economic volunteering in the UK.

Will is going to present the findings of Jump Projects’ recent research into BAME and low socio-economic volunteering.This in-depth, original work has uncovered some surprising data and the conclusions will be relevant across the third sector.

2:20 Beccy Bracey and Jenny Salton, Kirklees Museum and Galleries, Catherine Bradley, The Audience Agency: Is volunteering good for your health?

The presenters will discuss their two year project to assess the health and wellbeing benefits of their volunteer program. This will cover: why they commisioned the evaluation; how it was conducted – the methodology and reporting of results; what difference this has made to their volunteer offer and their relationship with partners.

3 pm Coffee and tea break

3:20 The Volunteers’ Perspective: A facilitated roundtable discussion.

Following a brief introduction, this table discussion will be co-facilitated and led by volunteers from some of the programs discussed throughout the event. This is an opportuity for volunteers to feedback some constructive criticism on volunteering and the leadership and management of some of the programs. We anticipate a frank and open debate on the effectiveness, strengths and possible weaknesses!

3:50 Roundup and conclusions, with guest Matt Hick, SMG and HVG.

4:10 pm Closing address from Jo Gibney, AVM

4:15 Finish.


March 15, 2018
10:30 am - 4:30 pm
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