Museum trends show need for blended, digital volunteer approach

Screen Shot 2017-04-06 at 14.50.11A major report into the state of the museum sector shows mixed picture of rising visitor numbers but falling funding – with a shifting relationship between museums and their audiences, the digital revolution and a move towards socially-engaged practice shaping the sector’s future.

The Museum Association’s Museums in the UK Report 2017 shows that trends that led to the development of the Volunteer Makers approach are continuing to impact museums. Read more

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Pioneering Volunteer Makers goes national with Arts Council England support

Diverse People Friendship Togetherness Connection Rear View ConceptInnovative volunteering programme Volunteer Makers has been given Arts Council England backing to deliver its programme to museums across the UK.

The company behind Volunteer Makers, Bristol-based Tickbox, have been awarded £100,000 from the Museum Resilience Fund to deliver training, support and a national conference to support more than 300 museums in adopting a new model of management and relationship building with their volunteers. Read more

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Volunteer Makers programme looks to roll out nationally

3532598208_29c2140acb_zBuilding on an extensive digital museum training programme in the South West and a pilot volunteer engagement programme, a museum-specialist digital company are looking to roll-out a national Volunteer Makers Engagement Training and Support Programme.

Tickbox, based in Bristol, will be building on their Volunteer Makers training and development pilot programme they ran from Jan-April 2016. Read more

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Volunteer Makers Workshop Notes – For Pilot Programme Partners

The Volunteer Revolution – Volunteer Makers

Aims:

  • Build upon your volunteer engagement
  • Understand sustainable volunteering
  • Understanding a Volunteer Makers model
  • Create a volunteer engagement plan
  • The Volunteer Revolution?

42% of people questioned in a survey reported volunteering formally (i.e. through a group, club or organisation) at least once in the previous year in England. 27%

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The Volunteer Revolution

crowd-image-largeVolunteer Makers (VM) is a training and technology programme for arts, heritage and charities that is a rethinking of how organisations are working with volunteers.

It is driven by the principles of the digital revolution, but taking this virtual engagement into the reality of real-world working together.

From January to March we are running a pilot programme, giving free support and training to a limited number of organisations to create or build on their volunteer engagement and work with the Volunteer Makers online platform.

This is part of a Volunteer Makers pilot project to inform demand for the platform before a national roll-out from July 2016.  Our results will be shared with the sector.

As a new model of volunteer engagement, Volunteer Makers is presenting the value of volunteering in perhaps a different way, which is making some organisations shift their thinking about how they work.  It is based on research and development work we have carried out during the past 4 years. Read more