• Do you struggle to engage volunteers and maintain connection remotely?
  • Are you considering adapting your current volunteering programme to a more hybrid model?
  • Do you want tips on how other organisations have successfully adapted to the new digital world?
  • Well, look no further, this is the event for you!

We’ve brought together volunteer managers to share their experience of working in a hybrid model and supporting volunteers remotely. Our speakers will share tips on how set up a hybrid model and how they provide wellbeing support to volunteers remotely. There will be a panel discussion, giving you the chance to gain more insight from our speakers. You’ll have the opportunity to network with other volunteer managers as well as reflect and plan what you’ll do next.

At this half-day event you will:

  • Hear from organisations who promote remote and virtual volunteering opportunities
  • Learn tips for engaging volunteers remotely and maintaining connection
  • Hear about the benefits of including remote volunteering in your volunteering programme
  • Learn how to support the wellbeing needs of remote volunteers, in a hybrid model
  • Hear from an organisation who has had to adapt from traditional volunteering roles to managing virtually and the changes they have had to make

About our speakers

Lindsay Marston, Volunteer Manager, Chester Zoo 

Lindsay is the Volunteer Manager at Chester Zoo, working alongside a Volunteer Officer and the conservation education and engagement team.  Together they offer a high-quality volunteering experience, connecting volunteers with wildlife, conservation and Chester Zoo. Through volunteering, individuals can act as ambassadors for wildlife and support visitors to consider how they could live more sustainably or take action to protect wildlife. Chester Zoo has recently been awarded a Green Recovery Fund grant to help create a new 10-mile nature corridor in Chester; Lindsay will support a new volunteer coordinator to enable people to support this project through community volunteering.

Lucy Owens, Volunteer Manager, Catalyst Stockton

Lucy joined Catalyst in September 2020 managing a team of volunteers providing COVID support through the town’s community hub. Since then, she developed and launched a new volunteering strategy for Stockton on Tees, in close partnership with Stockton Borough Council and managed the development of a new volunteering team at Catalyst. Her role now focuses on the strategic development of volunteering across Stockton on Tees and supporting charities and organisations in their work with volunteers. Lucy has experience working for several national charities, including Girlguiding, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, Family Lives and the National Trust. 

Her master’s research examined the impact parkrun events have on the communities in which they’re held, including the motivations of and benefits to the volunteers who make them possible. As a volunteer running coach and regular events volunteer, Lucy has an insight into the volunteer experience from both sides.  

Andrew Berrie, Mental Health At Work – National Lead, Mind

Andrew supports the ambitions of the Thriving at Work Leadership Council in driving employer action across the UK and oversees delivery of the Mental Health at Work website and Mental Health at Work Commitment. The Mental Health at Work Commitment is a simple framework for organisations to improve and support the mental health of their people. It builds on what we know: based on the Thriving at Work standards, pulling from the pledges and standards that are already out there, using up-to-date research, from UK employers and mental health experts. To date over 1300 organisations have signed the Commitment.

Over the last three years Andrew has led the Time to Change Employers Programme, Blue Light (Emergency Services) Programme, Mentally Healthy Universities Programme and Mind’s work with the Midlands Engine Mental Health Productivity Pilot supporting a wide range of organisations of varying size, across multiple sectors and across the UK. He is passionate about working with organisations to develop their wellbeing and mental health programmes, campaigns and initiatives and the role of communications as a catalyst for social change.

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December 1, 2021
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
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