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…)

Learning for life

The other day I went to an event for professional associations on what I thought would be a fairly dry theme: continuing professional development (CPD). A topic to get the pulse racing on a weekday morning without the need for caffeine if ever there was one! However, behind the fairly grey acronym is something really (more…)

Increasing the value and impact of volunteer management

Please find attached the presentation and material from the workshop presented at NCVO’s Evolve event on 16 June. Kristen Stephenson, Volunteer Management and Good Practice Manager, NCVO Debbie Usiskin, Vice Chair, Association of Volunteer Managers Rachael Bayley, Director, Association of Volunteer Managers and Head of Volunteering Development, Save the Children  

Occupy volunteer management

Before going further with the discussion of professionalisation and volunteer management, it’s useful to recap on where we might think volunteer management fits on the scale of job, occupation and profession. Is volunteer management my job, my occupation or my profession? What stage are you at? It’s clear we’ll all have different answers to this (more…)

Unintended consequences

It was Katherine’s last day at work before retirement. She’d been a Volunteer Manager for nearly sixty years now. Since they pushed the retirement age up to 85 a few years back she’d resigned herself to sticking with the profession for a little longer. Katherine had seen so much change in the profession since she (more…)

Is our destination clear?

In the last few months there has been a growing sense of movement and action by the Association of Volunteer Managers (AVM). Since their last conference in October 2013 AVM has been gathering a head of steam with a new board, new website, regular email newsletters and a more concerted effort to engage with its (more…)

The Case for a Code

A code of practice for professionals in volunteer management Volunteering has come a long way. The understanding of the valuable role volunteering plays and its contribution to building communities is now part of the political mainstream. It’s become a firm fixture in the rhetoric of public figures from princes to prime ministers and has featured (more…)