Videos, slides and links from AVM’s annual conference 2019 Blog Read Hannah Kinghorn’s reflections on attending her first AVM conference Morning keynote speaker Alex Barker, ‘Be More Pirate’ Download slides from ‘Be More Pirate’ (pdf) Workshop A: From mass-participation mega-event to people-powered movement Shaun Crummey – Head of Volunteering, Absolutely Cultured (formerly Hull UK…
I have now finished my second month as an Alumni Volunteer Manager at UCL (University College London). However, I have been working with volunteers for the best part of 4 years in different shapes and forms. Most of my experience has been stewarding groups of volunteers, and in the last year it has taken a more strategic turn. The most exciting thing about starting at UCL is joining their campaign ‘It’s All Academic’, and being able to contribute to achieving 250,000 alumni volunteer hours. No small feat; so when I was asked if I would like to go to the AVM conference I jumped at the opportunity! The morning of the conference was a busy one. Having not attended an AVM conference I wasn’t sure what to expect, despite knowing a few friendly faces from the volunteering world. While stuck in tube delays Twitter soon diminished any doubts I had, I saw lots of tweets from other volunteer managers who were sharing gifs about their journeys and needing coffee. On arrival I enjoyed maybe a few too many pastries, and had a look around the various stalls. One of my first observations was just how many people from different organisations who were all here for volunteers! All the main stage presentations and panel talks where excellent; however my particular favourite was ‘Be More Pirate’. Alex Barker told us about the golden age of pirates, which was absolutely fascinating, and not just because I am a history nerd! Alex discussed how volunteers can play a pivotal role in challenging and reshaping systems. She drew comparisons between people who are considered do-it-yourselfers, side hustlers, and the Golden Age Pirates. As a new starter in a brand new role this was certainly food for thought! I also thoroughly enjoyed Amira Tharani’s impact and evaluation workshop. Amira’s workshop gave me great insight on where to start when evaluating a project area or programme in such an interactive way. I came out of the workshop armed with new ideas and resources to make those ideas a reality. Going forward, I am excited to get further involved in AVM and learn everything I can from the fantastic network!
Hannah Kinghorn is Alumni Volunteer Manager at UCL (University College London)
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Lymphoma Action’s Volunteering Development Manager, Carly, shares why she is part of a team who organise an annual volunteer managers conference.
This October saw another successful Association of Volunteer Managers (AVM) annual conference in London. AVM is a membership organisation that aims to support, represent and champion leaders of volunteering across the UK. Carly, our Volunteering Development Manager, has been part of the conference planning team since 2016, helping to identify a programme of speakers, promoting the conference and coordinating the event on the day.
This year’s conference welcomed over 250 leaders of volunteering, with a jam-packed agenda where attendees explored the future of volunteering, alongside practical tips for recruiting, managing, supporting and empowering volunteers.
By being involved, Carly is able to stay up-to-date and connected with sector news and ideas that will support the development of volunteering at Lymphoma Action, as well as representing the charity and contributing to the learning and development of volunteer managers across the UK.
Following the the launch our new Volunteering Strategy, Carly is reviewing key take aways from the conference to grow our volunteering programme and support our volunteers to make the greatest positive impact for people affected by lymphoma.
“It’s fantastic to collaborate with other volunteer managers to plan the conference and to experience the event as a volunteer manager too. It’s inspiring to hear about the collective impact the voluntary sector is making and to be part of the engaging conversations for developing volunteering in our own organisations.”Carly, Lymphoma Action
The post originally appeared on Lymphoma Action’s website. Read the original post.
Your voice, together with AVM, advancing volunteer management
Bookings are now closed and conference is full!
Watch this space for details about next year’s conference.
The Royal National Hotel offers excellent bedroom rates through their website, but if you would prefer to stay elsewhere check out our Hotelmap to see the best rates at other local hotels.
Please note, there is no entry to the event before 9.15am with the conference agenda beginning at 10am.
|9.15am||Conference registration opens
Refreshments available – tea, coffee, breakfast yoghurts and Danish pastries.
Chance to make new contacts, meet old friends and check out our exhibition stands
Ruth Leonard, AVM Chair
Alex Barker, Right Hand Pirate - Be More Pirate
|10.55am||Morning workshops – Please choose one when you book
|12.15pm||AVM AGM or networking time for non-members|
|12.35pm||Lunch and chance to network
A sit-down meal is provided with a range of dietary options. Please let us know of any special dietary requirements when you book
|1.45pm||In conversation with...Karl Wilding, Chief Executive, NCVO
Come and hear AVM Chair, Ruth Leonard ask the new Chief Executive of NCVO his thoughts on volunteering, volunteer management and the place of civil society within the changing world.
Help inform the debate by joining the conversation
|2.30pm||Afternoon workshops – Please choose one when you book
|3.45pm||Tea, coffee & networking opportunity|
|4.10pm||Volunteer Managers Advice Surgery
A Q&A session on whatever you want. Hosted by Ruth Leonard, AVM Chair; including Rob Jackson
Ruth Leonard, AVM Chair
|5.15pm||Informal post-conference drinks – please join us to network and relax|
We bring together the best speakers from our Learning and Development events as well as those people who are at the forefront of volunteer management and thought leadership.
The event takes the form of a mix of inspiring keynote speakers, eight workshops to choose from on a variety of themes and the Volunteer Managers’ Advice Surgery. Not to mention lots of opportunities to network and chat to other leaders of volunteering from across a variety of sectors and organisations.
We know that every year people leave the event buzzing with possibilities – and even more importantly the connections to help those possibilities become a reality. Don’t just take our word for it here are some of the things last year’s delegates had to say:
"Great keynote speeches. Nice supportive atmosphere. Practical workshops."
"Particularly enjoyed the workshops - difficult conversations was especially relevant and helpful and will inform the Volunteer Managers training I deliver."
"The opportunity to network with others and to hear from the keynote speakers. I liked the idea of the 'Advice Surgery'."
"Really inspirational content."
"Standard of speakers was excellent, thought provoking and interesting ideas."
"Great central location easy to get to by train, friendly and relaxed event with people being very open to talk to new people and willing to share."
Carly Benton, Volunteer Development Manager, Lymphoma Action
In 2016 I joined the Volunteering Team at a previous organisation where I came across AVM through a colleague. I couldn’t miss the opportunity to be part of a supportive network of volunteer managers so I joined as a member. I attended my first annual conference in October 2016 with the hope of connecting with other volunteer managers, and the idea of keeping up to date with sector news, trends and new ideas was very appealing. I was eager to find out what AVM and the conference was about.
I attended the conference on my own, slightly unsure of what to expect. There was definitely a buzz walking into the main room, filled with conversations and welcoming faces! It was inspiring to see a large audience of people united with a shared passion and from across a variety of organisations and differing roles. I have attended many conferences and training days over the years, but how often are you in a room with over 200 volunteer managers?!
I enjoyed my first AVM conference so much so that I stepped up to join the AVM Conference Planning Group, where I’m now in my third year of helping to organise the annual conference. It’s been fantastic to experience the conference as an attendee, and to collaborate with other volunteer managers to plan it. I get a lot out of seeing the impact the voluntary sector has and what we can achieve as volunteer managers together.
The agenda is always jam-packed with a diverse range seminars and keynote speakers. There are thought-provoking sessions with ideas for volunteer managers from the corporate world and future trends and issues in volunteer management, to more practical based seminars for managing and supporting volunteers such as measuring impact. The mix is a brilliant way to explore current trends and a ‘bigger picture’ approach, alongside practical tips I could take away and implement in the short term.
For me there is nothing more valuable than meeting like-minded peers to challenge my thinking. There will always be areas for improvement and barriers to overcome in the world of volunteering. This is why the AVM Conference is the perfect place for volunteer managers to come together with a shared understanding, to not only develop your skillset and keep up to date with current trends, but also to reassure you you’re not in it alone!
- Take business cards – a quick and easy way of exchanging information
- Use social media – I check the hashtag throughout the day to see what people are tweeting which gives me the opportunity to connect with people I wouldn’t necessarily have had the chance to meet during the day. I also follow some of the keynote and seminar speakers on Twitter who share some interesting topics that I keep up to date.
- Come along with some ideas on what you would like to get out of the day and any areas for development you are working on in your organisation. These may come up in conversation with others and provide the opportunity for shared learning. For example in my organisation we were changing the structure of our volunteering programme so when speaking with others, I’d ask if anyone had any experience of this.
- Take a look at the delegates list in the conference guide as its great way to see who is at the event – you may recognise a name or an organisation you’d like to connect with.
- If you’ve made new connections previous to the conference, get in contact to see if they are attending and arrange to catch up on the day – a great way to put a face to a name if you haven’t met in person!
We might be biased, but the AVM conference is always a – if not THE – highlight of our year. So we’re really pleased to let you know that you can get your early-bird tickets for #AVM2019 now!
We’re really excited to tell you that this year we will have a conversation with Karl Wilding, the new Chief Executive of NCVO. AVM Chair, Ruth Leonard will be asking Karl about his thoughts on volunteering, volunteer management and the place of civil society within the changing world. Karl will start his new role mid-September, and we’re so pleased that he has committed to speaking at our annual conference so soon into his new role.
Our members tell us that AVM conference is the premier event for volunteer managers, leaders and heads of volunteering. Each year conference creates the kind of buzz that will only get with 250 people who are passionate and proactive about volunteer management in the same place.
Each year we select a varied range of speakers, who are at the forefront of volunteer management and thought leadership, to offer you a mix of inspiring keynote speakers, workshops on a variety of themes, and, for the second year running, the Volunteer Managers’ Advice Surgery.
Not to mention, there will be loads of opportunities for you to network and chat to other leaders of volunteering from across a variety of sectors and organisations, and make new connections throughout the day.
Early-bird prices are available for the first 50 members booking, so don’t delay, book your ticket today!
You can see the full agenda, venue details, and book your ticket to #AVM2019 on our website.