Apply to take part in our free
Volunteer Makers Workshops
as part of the National Volunteer
Makers training programme,
supported by Arts Council England

Doing good. Together.

A volunteer revolution is making the extraordinary happen – and Volunteer Makers can help put you at the heart of it.

Volunteer Makers is a new model to help organisations manage, grow and engage a community of volunteers while widening public participation and diversity.

Volunteer Makers addresses fundamental shifts in demographics, funding models and digital platforms to meet the challenges and opportunities of this new era of volunteering.

Find out about our current national training programme
Find out about our Volunteer Makers technology platforms

Volunteer Makers National Conference: Nov 17th 2017


Join us at the Volunteer Makers National Conference in Manchester on Nov 17th.

Find out how your museum can participate in Volunteer Makers and understand the benefits of Blended and Micro-Volunteering and how this affects the workforce now and into the future.

Our Volunteer Makers Workshops

We will be working with over 30 accredited museums in England, as well as a number of pioneer partner museums, delivering training and technology to enhance and grow volunteer engagement.

Check out the map to see where we are working during the current programme.

Volunteer Makers training

We deliver training on the Volunteer Makers model to help your organisation take advantage of the opportunities in volunteering in the digital age.

Currently we are offering free training workshops to 30 museums as part of our National Volunteer Makers Training Programme, supported by Arts Council England

  • Create a digital volunteering strategy

    We work with you to develop new digital approaches that can transform the impact of volunteering on your organisation

  • Reach new audiences

    The Volunteer Makers model has proven effective in reaching a new, more diverse and more engaged volunteer base

  • Understand the changing volunteer landscape

    Changing demographics and the funding landscape make it more important – and more effective – than ever to build volunteer engagement into your sustainable model

Volunteer Makers Platform

Our digital platform was designed to support the Volunteer Makers approach to engaging, managing and growing your volunteer community. The platform allows you to:

  • Match the skills and interests of your volunteers to opportunities to maximise their impact
  • Increase the flexibility of the volunteering offer to attract new and more diverse supporters
  • Measure in detail the impact of volunteering on your organisation
  • Manage volunteer activity through interactive tools
  • Reward and recognise volunteers
  • Help your supporters take ownership of their volunteering and bring their own ideas to the table
  • Promote and market your volunteering via digital platforms

What you are saying about the Volunteer Makers model

Kirsty Kinnaird, Volunteer Coordinator

I would just like to thank you for delivering our wonderful training and for taking the time to travel down to Portsmouth and inspire us with Volunteer Makers.

Thanks again for your training and support- we are all excited about the future of volunteering and the new direction we will soon be travelling in.

Kirsty Kinnaird, Volunteer CoordinatorNational Museum of the Royal Navy
Janet Mills, Director of Operations

A really thought provoking and productive workshop! Leaving us a lot to think about – it has come at exactly the right time

Janet Mills, Director of OperationsNational Holocaust Centre and Museum
Jessica Hartshorn, Learning and Outreach Officer

Everyone was buzzing and excited after the session, and I can honestly say I have never had such heartfelt positive feedback about a change of system before!

Jessica Hartshorn, Learning and Outreach Officer Rugby Art Gallery and Museum
Chippenham Museum

“We have always valued the support and advice that we have had from you. We are also very aware that our volunteers are the heart of the museum and that their success, as recognised by the shortlisting in the Museums and Heritage Awards, is very well deserved.”

Chippenham Museum

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