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Risk factor: flexible volunteering and risk management — May 21, London

May 21 | 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

£40 – £80
  • Seeking to make volunteering more flexible while maintaining a high standard of risk management? 
  • Looking for a way to manage risk more efficiently and effectively? 
  • Keen to influence a culture change from risk avoidance to active risk management?
  • Want to work more productively with your health and safety colleagues? 

We know that formal processes, such as paperwork and compliance training, can demotivate volunteers and restrict what leaders of volunteering can achieve. But the need to manage risks effectively within the third sector has never had a higher profile.

The total costs of workplace self-reported injuries and ill health to organisations in 2016/17 was £3 billion. Whilst one in five volunteers feel their volunteering is becoming ‘too much like paid work’, with inflexibility and unreasonable expectations being key factors.

Is it possible to meet our duty of care at the same time as fully meeting the needs of our volunteers and our organisation?

This event features two volunteering leaders who have found a way to strike that balance. They will discuss how they worked with their stakeholders to ensure their projects are successfully and safely delivered for all involved. You have the opportunity to connect, learn and share with them and other volunteer managers at this brand new event.

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1.00pm Arrivals, networking, coffee and tea (lunch not provided)
1.30pm Welcome, introductions and icebreaker Daniel Ingram, AVM
1.45pm Risky Business - Flexible volunteering in archaeology (click to learn more)

Helen will discuss how she’s established a successful flexible volunteering model within a context of managing the technical requirements and risks that archaeological fieldwork can dig up. You’ll takeaway:

  • How you can achieve high quality and technical results without it costing the earth.
  • The benefits and challenges of running a truly flexible volunteer model.
Helen Johnston, Senior Community Archaeologist, Museum of London Archaeology
2.15pm Workshop activity
2.35pm How to stay in control when managing risk (click to learn more)

In 2017, NCT identified one of their volunteer led services as an area of high risk. Hear how Catherine managed the project from a threat of service closure, through staunch opposition from some volunteers, to a new model that sets safety standards after securing a significant investment from their Board of Trustees. This session aims to:

  • Help you build the confidence to tackle risk in your organisation.
  • Show you how to engage volunteers and other stakeholders at every stage of a project and the value of doing so.
Catherine Bartlett, Volunteer Development Manager, NCT


3.05pm Break and networking
3.20pm Group activity                                                               
3.45pm Q&A session

Our speakers answer your questions and discuss the key points with all of our delegates.

Helen Johnston and Catherine Bartlett
4.10pm Action planning and wrap up

We reflect on what we’ve learnt today and how we can apply it when we return to the workplace.

Daniel Ingram, AVM
4.25pm Finish


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


St Pancreas Community Association, 67 Plender Street, Camden, London, NW1 0LB


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May 21
1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
£40 – £80
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St Pancras Community Association
67 Plender Street, Camden
London, NW1 0LB

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