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Forging connections: strengthening volunteer management’s impact — June 19, Bristol
June 19 | 10:00 am - 4:00 pm£45 – £80
- How can we reduce the barriers to a wider range of people engaging with our volunteering?
- Where can I find an innovative way to demonstrate volunteering’s impact and value?
- How can we encourage, enable and support people to step forward for their community?
- Which different approaches can I use to effectively communicate with large teams or remote volunteers and colleagues?
AVM is delighted to return to Bristol for a second year with four leaders of volunteering who are driving forward the volunteer management profession. Together with you, they’ll tackle three important, vast and interconnected challenges…
Those who could most benefit from volunteering are the same people who are significantly less likely to volunteer. Does a community engagement approach to volunteering reduce the barriers to volunteering that people with less education, income and life chances face?
When making recommendations or putting together a case for support you need supporting evidence – otherwise you’re just expressing an opinion. Volunteers are often our greatest advocates: are we missing out on a key opportunity by not involving them in building and demonstrating impact?
The true test of whether we’ve moved people or changed something, is if it continues to move or change without us. Does influential marketing and communications hold the key for volunteer managers to increase buy-in, recruitment, retention and help manage change?
Join us at the premier event for volunteer managers in the South West to connect with learning, colleagues and good practice to strengthen the impact of your work.
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|10.00am||Arrivals, networking, coffee and tea|
|10.30am||Welcome from our hosts||Andrew Hancock, Head of Volunteering, SS Great Britain|
|10.35am||Introductions and icebreaker||Daniel Ingram, AVM|
|10.55am||Is community engagement the answer to volunteering’s diversity and recruitment challenges? (click to learn more)
In an era characterised by loneliness and isolation, do we need formal volunteering roles or friendship? In this interactive session Stephen will help you explore the boundaries between volunteering and community engagement. He’ll enable you to:
|Stephen Dale, Head of Community Partnerships, Dorothy House Hospice Care|
|11.45am||Flexible benefits - growing a small charity's volunteering through marketing a new approach (click to learn more)
Hear how Sofia launched a new volunteering initiative using a digital platform and the strategic approach of Volunteer Makers. She’ll share how effectively marketing the new approach led to increased buy-in, recruitment, retention and helped manage change. Sofia’s session aims:
|Sofia Carosi, Corporate, Community and Events Fundraiser, HorseWorld||12.15pm||Lunch [1 hr 5 m] – provided for you|
|12.45pm||Free guided tour of the SS Great Britain – optional||Volunteer Tour Guides, SS Great Britain|
|1.20pm||Most Significant Change - using stories to demonstrate your impact (click to learn more)
‘In my work, I’d been reporting for 5 years on criteria set by Macmillan’s head office. I wanted to better demonstrate the reality of the amazing work our volunteers do when sat down face to face with someone affected by cancer.
‘This session will share my experience of using a qualitative, participatory process for measuring impact, called the Most Significant Change technique. This uses stories of impact and brings together a range of different stakeholders with varying perspectives to decide collectively on which stories best demonstrate significant change.’
What worked and didn’t? How did he adapt the methodology to suit their time frame and organisation? How did he use the findings to influence change? Piers will answer these questions and enable you to:
|Piers Cardiff, Volunteering Services Manager, Macmillan Cancer Support|
|2.10pm||Group activity, networking, coffee and tea|
|2.35pm||Now we're talking - transforming digital volunteering communications (click to learn more)
Jo will share how creating a clear communication strategy helped get buy in from colleagues to her plans and the key tools she’s developed to effectively communicate with a large remote team of volunteers. The session aims to:
|Jo Keller, Volunteering and Resourcing Manager, RNIB|
Our speakers answer your questions and discuss the key points with all our delegates.
|Jo Keller, Piers Cardiff, Sofia Corosi and Stephen Dale|
|3.30pm||Action planning and wrap up
We reflect on what we’ve learnt today and how we can continue learning and applying it in our workplaces.
|Daniel Ingram, AVM|
|3.50pm||Closing remarks and finish|
Please use the hashtag #AVMBristol to join the conversation and involve others in this event.
Great Eastern Hall, SS Great Britain, Great Western Dockyard, Gas Ferry Road, Bristol, BS1 6TY
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