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January 2019

Walk this way: diversity in volunteering – London

January 14, 2019 | 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square
London, WC1R 4RL

Diversity in volunteering: myths and misunderstanding Why most of what we think is wrong and what leaders need to do about itThis event, aimed specifically at chief executives and heads of volunteering, shares the results of two recent research projects exploring different aspects of diversity in volunteering. Our aim is to present an open, energetic and engaging forum for an exchange of relevant information and views.Led by an expert in equality, diversity and inclusion the day is an opportunity to…

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February 2019

Ways to wellbeing and productivity for volunteer managers – London

February 21, 2019 | 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Arlington Conference Centre, 220 Arlington Rd
London, NW1 7HE
£50 – £100

We all know about the wellbeing benefits of volunteering for volunteers. But what about the wellbeing and productivity of those who lead and manage volunteers? Book now Sue Jones - Co-founder at 3B: Wellness, Coaching, Mind Matters Lynn Blackadder - Organisational Development Consultant and Lifespan coach Carol Carbine - Trainer / Facilitator / Consultant, Carol Carbine Consulting Rob Jackson - Director of Rob Jackson Consulting Ltd Claire Ross - Co-founder at 3B: Wellness, Coaching, Mind Matters Volunteer managers have stressed…

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May 2019

In volunteers we trust: successful approaches to influence change — May 3, London

May 3, 2019 | 1:00 pm - 4:25 pm
Arlington Conference Centre, 220 Arlington Rd
London, NW1 7HE
£40 – £80

Looking to improve how volunteers are involved in your organisation? Working through a period of transformation? Want colleagues or funders to see the value of investing in volunteers and volunteering? Keen to involve volunteers in a new area of work or new way? Book now Whatever is stopping you from making change happen, influence is always part of the answer. Our members and delegates have shared that they know where they need to go, but they aren't sure how they will…

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Risk factor: flexible volunteering and risk management — May 21, London

May 21, 2019 | 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
St Pancras Community Association, 67 Plender Street, Camden
London, NW1 0LB
£40 – £80

Seeking to make volunteering more flexible while maintaining a high standard of risk management?  Looking for a way to manage risk more efficiently and effectively?  Keen to influence a culture change from risk avoidance to active risk management? Want to work more productively with your health and safety colleagues?  We know that formal processes, such as paperwork and compliance training, can demotivate volunteers and restrict what leaders of volunteering can achieve. But the need to manage risks effectively within the…

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June 2019

Forging connections: strengthening volunteer management’s impact — June 19, Bristol

June 19, 2019 | 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
SS Great Britain, The Great Eastern Hall, Great Western Dockyard, Gas Ferry Road
Bristol, Bristol BS1 6TY
£45 – £80

How can we reduce the barriers to a wider range of people engaging with our volunteering? Where can I find an innovative way to demonstrate volunteering's impact and value? How can we encourage, enable and support people to step forward for their community? Which different approaches can I use to effectively communicate with large teams or remote volunteers and colleagues? AVM is delighted to return to Bristol for a second year with four leaders of volunteering who are driving forward…

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July 2019

Grand design: blueprints for training, funding and demonstrating value — July 16, London

July 16, 2019 | 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Lift, 45 White Lion Street
London, N1 9PW
£40 – £80

Want to know how to develop meaningful training? Keen to secure funding, but not sure where to start? Looking to influence change through your evaluation of impact? Seeking to demonstrate volunteering's value but don't have time? 'Everything is designed. Few things are designed well' -Brian Reed, UX Designer Twitter Please use the hashtag #AVMDesign to join the conversation and involve others in this event.

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August 2019

Twitter book club – The Happy Manifesto #LoVolsBookClub

August 22, 2019 | 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Happy Manifesto book cover

Join other leaders and managers of volunteers for our Twitter book club #LoVolsBookClub 22nd August, from 7:30pm we'll be discussing 'The Happy Manifesto', but Henry Stewart, and how we can apply what we've learned to be better in our roles. To get involved, simply log on to Twitter from 7:30pm and search for #LoVolsBookClub Find out more The Happy Manifesto website Henry Stewart on Twitter

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September 2019

AVM’s Back to School event — September 4

September 4, 2019
London School of Economics & Political Science, Saw Swee Hock Centre, 1 Sheffield Street, Holborn
London, WC2A 2AP
£60 – £120

Want to know how student volunteers can transform your work? Keen to benefit from digital volunteering, but not sure where to start? Looking to take charge of your professional development? Want to challenge your practice to promote diversity? Join us and go back to school with the London School of Economics. Twitter Please use the hashtag #AVMSchool to join the conversation and involve others in this event.

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Twitter book club – Be More Pirate #LoVolsBookClub

September 19, 2019 | 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Be More Pirate book cover

Join other leaders and managers of volunteers for our Twitter book club #LoVolsBookClub Join us 19th September - International Talk Like A Pirate Day - to discuss Sam Coniff's book 'Be More Pirate', and how we can apply this to our professional development, and thrive in our roles. To get involved, simply log on to Twitter from 7:30pm and search for #LoVolsBookClub Find out more Be More Pirate website Follow Be More Pirate on Twitter Follow Sam Conniff on Twitter

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Relaxed networking for volunteer managers – Manchester

September 26, 2019 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
The Whitworth, Oxford Road
Manchester, Manchester M15 6ER
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Join us for an evening of relaxed networking for volunteer managers. Venue details coming soon. RSVP below. We let AVM members know all the latest news and event information by sending it straight to their inboxes. Now non-members can sign up for the latest event, membership and news updates too! Sign up for the latest news.

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