• Are you looking for inspiration in rewards and recognition of volunteers?
  • Do you agree that resource is better spent on communicating satisfaction with existing volunteers than recruiting replacements for dissatisfied ex-volunteers?
  • Should recognition be an inherent part of the volunteer experience from day one?

Recognising the efforts and dedication of volunteers is fundamental to maintaining engagement and motivation.

We will consider a range of methods for making volunteers feel valued and appreciated, and look at some successful examples of reward and recognition programmes from the volunteer sector. We bring together experiences from large and small organisations, a look at using data analysis to compare different reward and incentive programmes and a presentation about the Queens Award for Volunteer Services.

There will be networking opportunities and roundtable discussions to enable everyone to share their own experiences, challenges and successes.


10:30 -11:00 – Registration, tea, coffee and networking.

11:00 am – Welcome address.

11:10 -11:45 – Chris Reed, Director of Volunteer Mobilisation, British Red Cross: Awards and recognition -Updating 150 years of history in the British Red Cross. 

Moving from a long established, somewhat militaristic approach to volunteer awards and recognition the British Red Cross has updated and modernised it approach aligning it to the organisation’s values. Chris Reed  explains BRCs journey looking back on how they are now able to look forward!

11:45 -12:25 – Geraldine McCarthy, Age UK, Camden: Volunteer recognition within a smaller organisation.

Age UK Camden believe in the importance of fostering a culture of volunteer reward and recognition. Geraldine will share her experiences of ensuring that volunteer recognition and reward is an integral part of the volunteer experience right from the start.

12:25 -1 pm – Charlotte Fielder, Head of Volunteering & Fostering, Battersea Dogs and Cats Home

The pool of available volunteers is shrinking but the needs are increasing so the sector has to keep up  with both its offer to volunteers and provide more opportunities to retain those that it has. Charlotte will share some of her broad experience in applying innovative methods of rewards and recognition.

1 – 1:30 – Round-table discussion: How does your organisation recognise good volunteering?

1:30 – 2:15 – Lunch, provided (Please tell us of any special dietary needs)

2:15 -2:50 – Chris Martin, Team Kinetic:  How we can use data to understand the effectiveness of different rewards and incentives.

Chris will share some of his experiences in working with, particularly, sports and local government organisations to increase their volunteer recruitment and retention through data-based incentive and reward schemes.

2:50 – 3:10 – Aurelija Meskaite and Kieran Mullan, Value You: 

A brief presentation about this free scheme to reward volunteers and strengthen community ties to volunteer organisations.

3:10 – 3:40 – Roundtable discussion: 

3:40 – 4:15 – Chris Reed, Queens Award for Voluntary Service:

Part of the National Honours system, The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (the MBE for volunteer groups) is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK. Delivered by Chris Reed in his capacity as QAVS Committee member, this session will provide more information about this prestigious form of recognition including the nomination process and eligibility criteria.

4:20 – Closing remarks.

4:30 – Finish

The exact timings may be subject to change on the day


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