AVM Conference 2020 – 21 & 22 October

AVM’s conference, by its members, for our profession

This year’s AVM conference will be taking place online, on Zoom, over two half-days, Wednesday 21 and Thursday 22 October, 10:00 – 13:00.

The AVM conference is always a highlight in our year. Even though we say so ourselves we believe it is the premier event in the UK for volunteer managers, leaders and heads of volunteering. 

We always try to bring together some of the best speakers from our sector, people who are at the forefront of volunteer management and thought-leadership, and those from outside of volunteer management, who will challenge and provoke us to think differently.

This year, for obvious reasons, we are unable to hold our conference face-to-face, so this year we are holding it on Zoom.

The 2020 conference will be held across two mornings – Wednesday 21 and Thursday 22 October. On each day we will have a keynote speaker with a Q&A, eight workshops to choose from on a variety of themes, and a panel session at the end of each morning 

We realise the opportunities to network and chat to other leaders of volunteering from across a variety of sectors and organisations are more limited online, so will be using Zoom meeting, which allows you to chat with one another. We will also be hosting two optional ‘cuppa and a chat’ sessions, on the afternoons of both days, for more networking, and to reflect on what you’ve heard during the morning.

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Agenda

Day 1: Wednesday 21 October

  • From 09:30: Join other delegates for informal networking in Zoom, ahead of the event. 
    • The breakfast offering won’t be quite the same this year, so bring a cuppa with you.
  • 10:00: Conference opens with a welcome from Ruth Leonard, Chair of AVM
  • 10:10: Keynote: Martha Awojobi – Charity So White
    • We’re really pleased that Martha Awojobi of Charity So White has agreed to speak this year about racism in the charity sector. 
    • Martha will give a 20 minutes keynote speech, followed by a 20 Q&A, with questions facilitated by our team.
  • 11:00: Break 
    • An opportunity for a cuppa and a comfort break. 
    • Delegates will leave main Zoom meeting and log in to their breakout room
  • 11:20: Workshops (details below)
    • Each workshop will be in a separate Zoom meeting, hosted by a member of the AVM Board.
    • Each workshop will run on both days. 
    • Please book on to one workshop per day.
  • 12:05: Leave workshop and rejoin main Zoom meeting, with the option of joining a breakout room for networking.
  • 12:25: What does an anti-racist approach to volunteering mean for Volunteer Managers? 
    • This live panel session will be chaired by Rachael Bayley, Director of Operations and Volunteering, Ramblers
  • 12:55: Closing remarks
  • 15:00 – 16:00: Cuppa and a chat
    • Optional facilitated networking session

Day 2: Thursday 22 October

  • From 09:30: Join other delegates for informal networking in Zoom, ahead of the event.
    • The breakfast offering won’t be quite the same this year, so bring a cuppa with you.
  • 10:00: Conference opens with a welcome from Ruth Leonard, Chair of AVM
  • 10:10: Keynote: Martin Houghton-Brown, Chief Executive St John Ambulance 
    • We’re really pleased that Martin Houghton-Brown has agreed to speak and share his views on the importance of volunteer management and volunteers.
    • Martin will give a 20 minutes keynote speech, followed by a 20 Q&A, with questions facilitated by our team.
  • 11:00: Break
    • An opportunity for a cuppa and a comfort break.
    • Delegates will leave main Zoom meeting and log in to their breakout room
  • 11:20: Workshops (details below)
    • Each workshop will be in a separate Zoom meeting, hosted by a member of the AVM Board.
    • Each workshop will run on both days.
    • Please book on to one workshop per day.
  • 12:05: Leave workshop and rejoin main Zoom meeting, with the option of joining a breakout room for networking.
  • 12:25: What is the role of the Volunteer Manager in the new normal following Covid-19?
    • This live panel session will be chaired by Rachael Bayley, Director of Operations and Volunteering, Ramblers
  • 12:55: Closing remarks
  • 16:00 – 17:00: Cuppa and a chat
    • Optional facilitated networking session

The agenda is correct at time of publication. AVM will contact you about any changes in advance of the event.

Workshops

This year we are running all eight workshops on both days. Please only book on to one workshop per day.

  • Workshop A: Inspiring Impact Workshop – Amira Tharani
  • Workshop B: Generating Youth Engagement Workshop – Anjali Raman-Middleton
  • Workshop C: Employee Supported Volunteering Workshop – Claire Booth
  • Workshop D: Volunteer Alumni Workshop – Helen Timbrell & Morven MacLean
  • Workshop E: Volunteering and Wellbeing Workshop – Ingrid Abreu Scherer
  • Workshop F: Volunteer Management Basics Workshop – Laura Hamilton
  • Workshop G: Coaching & Mentoring for Development Workshop – Sherie Olmstead
  • Workshop H: Influencing colleagues effectively – Stephen Hill

Each workshop will be in a separate Zoom meeting, hosted by a member of the AVM Board.

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Tickets

Ticket prices are as follows:

AVM members tickets:

  • Early bird: £70 for both days
  • Standard price: £80 for both days

Non-AVM member tickets:

  • Early bird: £130 for both days
  • Standard price: £160 for both days

There are 50 early bird tickets available to members, and 10 for non-members. Once they are all sold, standard rate tickets will be available.

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Claim your membership discount on your ticket

AVM members are eligible for a discount on their ticket, as well as other benefits, including our mentoring programme, BiteSize learning webcasts, networking opportunities, AVM’s new book club, and access to videos and presentations from past AVM events.

Not an AVM member yet? You can still buy a member rate ticket if your membership application is being processed: just select ‘Applied’ in the event checkout field. Find out more about AVM membership and join today.

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Terms and conditions of ticket sales

You can pay by credit card or request an invoice at the checkout in Ticket Tailor.

Please familiarise yourselves with our cancellation policy, and payment terms below. We do require payment to be made before the event.

The agenda is correct at time of publication. AVM will contact you about any changes in advance of the event.

AVM will not accept liability for any ability to attend one or both days due to technical issues with a delegate’s equipment. If technical difficulties prevent AVM from hosting the conference, we will endeavour to reschedule the conference to another date(s), and a full or partial refund will be offered if the new date(s) is/are unsuitable.

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Tickets for just one day are also available, and linked from the main event page.