The Positive Impact of Micro-volunteering

Thursday 25 April 2024 | 9.30am to 12.30pm | Online via Zoom

Ticket prices: Members £25 | Non-members £40 

Micro-volunteering is a fantastic way for people to contribute to the causes that they care about because it offers a flexible and accessible way for busy people to make a positive impact to their community.

At this event you will learn about new ways to engage with volunteers by offering flexible opportunities for them to get involved in, and how you can create new diverse opportunities instead of the traditional roles that are typically offered.

You will also gain an understanding about how technology can help to promote and measure micro-volunteering and generate ideas to increase the awareness of your charity and its volunteering opportunities.

This event will cover:

  • What is micro-volunteering?
  • Examples of micro-volunteer tasks
  • Difference between regular traditional volunteering compared to micro-volunteering
  • Recruit and engage micro-volunteers
  • How to measure the impact?

About the sessions and speakers:

Making Micro-volunteering Happen – with Collette Brown – Senior Volunteering Development Manager at Young Lives Vs Cancer

The session will explore how Young Lives vs Cancer implemented their micro volunteering portal from an idea to making it happen. The session will look into the types of micro volunteering opportunities they offer from home based roles to roles in the local community, as well as how Young Lives vs Cancer hope to implement opportunities across the whole organisation.

Collette has worked and volunteered in the voluntary sector for over 16 years, in Regional Fundraising, Management and Volunteering. As a development manager Collette loves nothing more than a challenge and helping to make volunteering as easy as possible for those who want to get involved. Collette’s focus now is on making micro volunteering a success at Young Lives vs Cancer after recognising that volunteering needs to be more accessible and easy to access for all.

Micro-volunteering 3 Ways, with Emma Roberts – Head of Volunteer Engagement and Experience at RSPB

The session will take a whistle stop tour through the different ways the RSPB engages the public through Micro Volunteering, One-Off Opportunities and ‘other’ means. How these roles and the people engaged are managed, promoted, and supported through an onward journey. 

Emma has worked within volunteering since joining the RSPB, initially as a Volunteer Development Officer in RSPB Cymru before moving to the UKHQ team to deliver project focussed work. The Head of Volunteering Engagement and Experience is a new role within the RSPB, Emma has a leadership role focussing on all elements of volunteering at the RSPB and she has the functional lead for the Volunteering Development Department. Through and with volunteers we want to grow organisational capacity and capability to deliver the RSPB’s strategy to 2030. 

Micro-volunteering – a core role that started as an experiment, with Brian Reeves – Head of Volunteer Experience at RSPCA

The RSPCA introduced a Microvolunteering role in 2020, just before lockdown.  Since then, the role has grown rapidly, attracting thousands of new volunteers to the charity.  Microvolunteering has helped them attract new volunteers from backgrounds they don’t traditionally reach, increasing their representation.  It also opened up a new recruitment channel for other roles, and opportunities for volunteers to add value to new projects through their participation.  Find out about the RSPCA’s journey with Microvolunteering, the mistakes they’ve made and the benefits they’ve seen.    

Brian is the Head of Volunteer Experience for the RSPCA where he leads a team delivering the charity’s ambitious strategic volunteering plans.  He has worked in volunteer operations and development roles for the past 14 years at the RSPCA, PDSA and Make a Wish UK.  He mentors volunteering professionals through the AVM Mentoring Scheme and volunteers in his community.  

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April 25
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
£25.00 – £40.00
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Online on Zoom