Volunteer Makers Training

Volunteer Makers – use the technology for free and join our pioneering programme, if you sign up for our training workshops.

Volunteer Makers is currently working with over 60 organisations UK wide, including Councils. If you are interested in trying Volunteer Makers we can provide the technology platform for 6 months with free digital support if you book a 4-hour training course before the end of February.  The training is a way of understanding the thinking behind creating a value exchange with your community of volunteers.  It is also a chance to get hands-on with the technology.  The training course is £600 + vat for the following:


You will take away:

  • An understanding of 21st century volunteering
  • What Volunteer Makers is, what blended and micro-volunteering is and how this can support your organisation
  • How you can engage a wider group of volunteers for your organisation
  • Create an organisation-wide plan for implementing Volunteer Makers
  • Next steps – the step-change you need to make as a project team
  • Begin to set-up your Volunteer Makers platform to deliver your project aims

Volunteer Makers agree to:

  • Be available for phone support and advice for the duration of your free 6 months
  • Provide training on how to use the Volunteer Makers technology
  • Upload your branding, following permission, to personalise the technology for your organisation
  • Seek approval from your organisation before publishing information about its activities or participants generated via the Volunteer Makers technology platform and training

    Here is a recent testimonial for our Volunteer Makers training:

    “The training was really useful in bringing together the partners and giving us the time and space to reflect on where we all are with volunteering in our various organisations and how we can move forward.
    “For me personally it showed me how the platform can work really well to provide a framework for what is quite a complicated project with a lot of partners.”
    Museum Project Officer at Essex Council,  Pippa Smith

Costs for using Volunteer Makers can be found in our FAQ no 3.

If you want to join our Volunteer Makers Pioneering Programme, get in touch.

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Volunteer Makers start the year with stilettos, armour and dreaming spires

If 2017 was a busy year for Claire Sully and the Tickbox team as Volunteer Makers caught imaginations up and down the country, so 2018 has continued to build on that momentum.

Claire led Volunteer Makers workshops at the Royal Armories Leeds and with  Snapping the Stiletto, an Essex County Council inter-museum project.

These popular workshops explore how organisations can tap into the micro-volunteering revolution and how they can use the Volunteer Makers platform to achieve this for free for 6 months, followed after by low monthly fees.

Royal Armories is the home of the national arms and armour collection and is a must for militaria buffs as well as all those with an interest in our nation’s history.

Opened in 1996, the Leeds museum complements other Royal Armories’ sites at the Tower of London, and Fort Nelson, near Fareham.

From the weapons of yore to destroying the stereotypes of “Essex Girls”, the next assignment could not have been more different!

Snapping The Stiletto is a project that helps rebuff the “white mini-dress and high heels” cliché attached to Essex, by bringing the county’s museums together to uncover the real stories of strong and pioneering women.

Bringing these hidden stories to the public involved many volunteers, and this is where Volunteer Makers came in.

Museum Project Officer Pippa Smith said: “The training was really useful in bringing together the partners and giving us the time and space to reflect on where we all are with volunteering in our various organisations and how we can move forward.

“For me personally it showed me how the platform can work really well to provide a framework for what is quite a complicated project with a lot of partners.”

Another January highlight was when the Museum of Oxford launched its Volunteer Makers’ platform.

Its volunteer challenge scheme is designed to gamify working with the museum and encourages volunteers to fulfil a number of different roles and engage more closely with the institution’s work.

Cllr Dee Sinclair, who is on the board that runs the museum, summed up the Volunteer Makers’ ethos succinctly: “This is the perfect opportunity to expand volunteering to those who may not be able to regularly be involved. Volunteering can be flexible and can easily fit around your life.“

For more information on Volunteer Makers workshops with free use of the Volunteer Makers technology, get in touch.