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Passion, Purpose, Participation – advancing volunteering together (Edinburgh conference)

November 4

£50 – £70

Passion, Purpose, Participation – advancing volunteering together

We are thrilled to be hosting our second conference in Scotland, in partnership with Heritage Volunteering Scotland (HVOS).

Together, we will bring you a day full of learning focused on increasing participation in volunteering, whatever your sector.

We look forward to welcoming you to our conference.
National Museum of Scotland
Chambers Street
Conference chair - Lauren Roden, HVOS Chair/ Volunteer Programme Coordinator, National Galleries of Scotland

Please note, there is no entry to the event before 9.00am with the conference agenda beginning at 9.30am.
9.00am Conference registration opens
Refreshments available – tea, coffee, biscuits

Chance to make new contacts, meet old friends and check out our exhibition stands
9.30am Welcome address
Lauren Roden, HVOS Chair/ Volunteer Programme Coordinator, National Galleries of Scotland
9.45am Keynote Address: Shifting the dial on volunteering: From nice to have to business critical
Morven MacLean, Head of Volunteering, and Scott Semple, Director for People, Children’s Hospices Across Scotland (CHAS)

10.45am Morning workshops – Please choose one when you book
  • 1) A Relationship-Based Approach – Promoting Inclusion at Shelter Scotland - Sarah Latto, Volunteer Development Manager, Anthea Reid and Vajeeha Saleem, Volunteer Support Officers, Shelter Scotland (click to learn more)

    The Volunteering Team at Shelter Scotland, headed by Sarah Latto, have discovered that personal relationships with volunteers should be at the centre of all decision-making in order to promote inclusion. This realisation has transformed the way that they involve volunteers and provided a lens for critically assessing all of their processes.

    In this workshop they will share their relationship-based approach to volunteer involvement, and what this means in practice for volunteer recruitment, selection and induction. They will then invite workshop participants to apply this approach to their own processes, before hosting a wider discussion on how this can be applied in different settings.
  • 2) Engaging family and under 18s volunteering - Fiona Cariss, Volunteer Manager, the Whitworth (click to learn more)

    Having a family is often a barrier for people who want to volunteer, in this workshop you’ll learn how the Whitworth opened up their Early Years and Family programme in order to provide more flexible opportunities for local families to volunteer together.

    Hear from Fiona about how the Whitworth team have addressed the challenges and the opportunities of involving families with babies as young as 12 weeks and children volunteering in their teens, and how they created flexible and accommodating opportunities that are engaging for all involved, and how this has also helped the Gallery engage a more varied age of visitor.
  • 3) Advocating for Success -Tamsin Russell, Professional Development Officer, Museums Association/ Heritage Volunteer Group Steering Group Member (click to learn more)

    This interactive workshop looks at how we can more effectively advocate for volunteering within our organisations and sectors.
    Grounded in a recent example from Heritage Volunteer Group as they embarked on their first UK-wide survey of volunteers within the heritage sector, we will explore the process to develop an advocacy plan and survey, how to use metrics and storytelling to influence and inspire; and learn from our experience about how to do it better.
    During the time together we will undertake a stakeholder analysis, identify allies, map influencing touch points to meet your advocacy objective.
  • 4) Introducing the OPIT Volunteer Participation Campaign 2019-2024 - Dr Jeff Sanders, Project Manager, DigIt! and Cara Jones, Project Manager, Archaeology Scotland (click to learn more)

    This session will encourage you to think differently about your role as a supporter and motivator of volunteers. How do we engage and empower volunteers who we may never meet face to face? Alan will share his experiences and, in addition to your own contributions, give you the confidence to try something different in building relationships with remote volunteers.

    Please come with your questions and curiosity as together we will explore this topic further.
11.45am Tea, coffee & networking opportunity
12.00pm Bringing Gardenias to Govanhill: How to engage non-traditional audiences with heritage
Susan O’Connor, Director, Scottish Civic Trust
12.30pm Lunch and chance to network
A sandwich lunch is provided with a range of dietary options. Please let us know of any special dietary requirements when you book
1.30pm ‘Volunteering, Health and Wellbeing’ – What does the evidence tell us? - Matthew Linning, Strategic Performance Manager, Volunteer Scotland

2.00pm Afternoon workshops (repeated from the morning) – Please choose one when you book [/expand]
3.00pm Tea, coffee & networking opportunity
3.15pm Volunteer Managers Advice Surgery
A Q&A session on whatever you want. Hosted by an AVM Board member, and featuring speakers from the day.
3.45pm Closing Address
Lauren Roden, HVOS Chair
4.00pm Conference closes
4.00pm Optional tour of the National Museum of Scotland – if you would like to join the tour, please confirm when you book your ticket


Please use the hashtag #AVMHVOS2019 to join the conversation and involve others in this event.


155 available
AVM - Member - AVM-HVOS conference - 04-11-19£50.00
155 available
HVOS member - AVM-HVOS conference - 04-11-19£50.00
155 available
Non-member - AVM-HVOS conference - 04-11-19£70.00


November 4
£50 – £70
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Heritage Volunteer Organisers Scotland


National Museum of Scotland
Chambers Street
Edinburgh, EH1 1JF

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