Entries by Claire Sully

The rise of micro-volunteering and a very British volunteer revolution

Digital technology makes it easy for volunteers to actively engage with museums, the arts and charities, while many more people are prepared to give short bursts of time rather than a longer term commitment to volunteering.  Put the two together (digital and short bursts of volunteering activity) you have micro-volunteering. Although it is worth pointing out that micro-volunteering […]

Microvolunteering under the spotlight

Innovation foundation Nesta has predicted 2017 to be “the year of microvolunteering” – and more and more organisations are now using this flexible approach to 21st century volunteering. With National Microvolunteering Day coming up this Sunday, the topic is covered in an article in today’s Guardian – with some handy advice on what to think about when […]

Museum trends show need for blended, digital volunteer approach

A 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.

Pioneering Volunteer Makers goes national with Arts Council England support

Innovative 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 […]

Volunteer Makers programme looks to roll out nationally

Building 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.

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%

The Volunteer Revolution

Many organisations face major challenges, with their future sustainability threatened due to funding cuts while we also have significant changes in demographics.

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.