Introduction to Volunteer Management: An AVM Learning & Development Day

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Venue:  Better Bankside | Bankside Community Centre | 18 Great Guildford Street | London | SE1 0FD

Date: Thursday 9 March 2017

Timings: Registration will open at 10:15 with presentations beginning at 10:30. The event will close at 13:30.


Volunteer management gives us the opportunity to work in an enjoyable environment, with truly inspiring and dedicated people. But how do we take the first steps into this world?

This workshop is aimed at those who are new to volunteer management and will explore what it means to be a volunteer manager in a range of different contexts, whether as a volunteer in a small organisation or a paid member of staff in a large national. You’ll have the chance to reflect on how to engage the right volunteers, if you should retain them and, if so, how and who you need to have as your allies in order to make your volunteer programme a success.

This 3 hour workshop will give an overview of current best practice, as well as expert tips, the chance to ask questions and an opportunity to meet others starting out in volunteer management.

This workshop is facilitated and delivered by Chris Reed, Head of Volunteering at Barnardo’s. Chris has led volunteer functions in major UK charities and worked in volunteering infrastructure for over a decade.

Please note: Light refreshments will be provided throughout the day but lunch will not be, instead delegates are encouraged to bring their own or to purchase it from food vendors close to the venue.

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Northern network of volunteer managers

  • 5:00pm – 6:30pm – Thursday 13th February 2014
  • Edge Street, Manchester M4 1HN

On the 8th Jan, 4 of us met for the first time as part of the revived northern network of volunteer managers. It was great to connect with each other and to hear about how the group has been very useful in the past. Broadly we agreed that the objectives of the group are:

  • To provide professional peer support to one another – a safe space to ask advice, share difficulties and successes, as well as occasionally say “arggghhh!!”
  • To share learning and allow a space for creative thinking
  • To consider how we support the wider development of volunteering and volunteer management through the networks we are involved in and encourage each other in our own professional development too.

We agreed that members of the group would take it turns to chair it – perhaps by bringing a theme to look at or an issue they would benefit from discussing.

If you work in volunteer management and would find a group like this useful, we warmly welcome you to join us.

Hope to see you there

Emma Makarova

National Volunteering Manager – Refugee Action

Originally posted here:

Northern network of volunteer managers

  • 5:00pm – 6:30pm – Wednesday 8th January 2014
  • Home Sweet Home, Edge Street, Manchester M4 1HN

Following on from the shout out at the AVM conference, Clare Nestor (Volunteering Development Manager at Citizens Advice) and myself are kick-starting the VM group that used to meet in the Northern Quarter in Manchester…..

The first meeting will be on Wednesday January 8th at 5pm at a cafe called Home Sweet Home, 49 Edge Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester.

Home Sweet Home

If you are based in the North and involved in managing volunteers or volunteer development, we’d love to see you there!

The topic for the meeting will broadly be “what are our resolutions for 2014?” – professionally for ourselves, for our organisations, for volunteering across the UK (even the world!).

Hope to see you there.

Emma Makarova

National Volunteering Manager -Refugee Action