Jewish Volunteering Network: Volunteer Management Seminar

AVM organisational member Jewish Volunteering Network would like to invite you to join them for expert advice for volunteer managers planning or managing a volunteer befriending schemes. This session will look at the purpose of a befriending scheme, the benefits and risks involved in carrying out befriending, and what needs to happen to put in (more…)

Building bridges between volunteering and research

This is a guest post by Shaun Delaney, volunteering development manager at NCVO, overseeing strategy for volunteer management and good practice. Previously, he was head of volunteering at Samaritans and is currently a volunteer trustee of Greater London Volunteering. This was first posted on the NCVO website.  As a volunteer manager, I like my practice (more…)

Recruiting a new treasurer: can AVM count on you?

Do you have a head for figures? Want to help AVM thrive and grow? Got time to give to help grow the volunteer management profession? If this sounds like you – or someone you know – then AVM would like to hear from you! The AVM board is looking to co-opt someone with finance skills (more…)

Reflections on the CIPD London Branch event: HR and Volunteer Management

CIPD Central London Branch joined up with the Association for Volunteer Managers on 20th June 2018, for a panel discussion to address the thorny issues and burning questions around the relationship between HR and volunteer management. AVM Director Karen Ramnauth shares her reflections on the event The event started with a casual vote of those (more…)

Member question: training and induction for retail volunteers

AVM member Tracey Le Gallez, Head of Volunteer Development & Engagement at Sue Ryder Care, has plans to create a new suite of induction and development training for Sue Ryder’s retail volunteers. Tracey would like to hear from anyone who is able to share how they have approached the following question. How do you approach (more…)

Building bridges – bringing together volunteer managers and voluntary sector researchers

Ruth Leonard, Chair of AVM, reflects on last week’s Building Bridges event. On the last day of volunteers’ week 2018 I co-chaired with Angela Ellis Paine and Chris Wade, a long overdue day bringing together volunteer managers and voluntary sector researchers to better understand each others’ needs. A joint initiative between AVM, VSSM and NNVIA (more…)

Volunteers’ Week: Saying thanks

Originally posted on the NCVO website. Saying thanks Whether we’ll admit it or not, we all love to receive a genuine ‘thank you’ for something we have done. There is something that makes even the most cynical of us (guilty as charged) at least feel a little warmth inside us. Even if we don’t always (more…)

Mentoring: Who do you think you are?

By Claire Knight Tweet to @bumblebore69 AVM member and mentoring scheme participant; Strategic Partnership Manager, Macmillan Cancer Support When I was a child, this phrase was imbued with meaning far beyond its words.  What the adult saying it really meant was “you, young lady, are too big for your boots”.  It was intended to cut me (more…)

Measuring the health and wellbeing benefits of volunteering

By Laura Hamilton, Laura Hamilton Consulting Tweet to @Lauh77 and Gareth Williams, LGBT Foundation Discover more opportunities to learn about this subject, including the four videos from our Manchester event, at the end of this blog We were super-excited to be attending AVM’s first learning and development event in Manchester and it was great to see a room packed with (more…)

Emotionally challenging situations for volunteer managers: what to do

Including: emotional resilience, compassion fatigue and having difficult conversations with volunteers. Join us for this L&D event on 10th July, 2018 at Hanbury Hall, London. Click here to book. Managing volunteers can be an emotionally challenging experience, for a variety of reasons. We could be called upon to support volunteers in stressful situations, or to (more…)