Your voice, together with AVM, advancing volunteer management
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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!