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National Volunteer Makers Training Programme Workshops

Aims: To inspire and support museums to maximise the impact of their engagement with volunteers. To encourage leadership and workforce in museums to be creative and highly skilled in their strategic volunteer engagement thinking

We are running a national volunteer engagement programme – Volunteer Makers – supported by Arts Council England. This is an evidenced volunteer engagement model with a training programme and supporting digital technology.

The Volunteer Makers programme launched on October 2nd 2016 and runs until the end of March 2018. Our programme aims to inspire and support museums to maximise the impact of their engagement with volunteers, widen public participation in volunteering and develop a model that meets the challenges of a changing volunteer landscape.

We will be working with directly with at least 130 museums and museum development providers, and engaging and sharing best practice with up to 500 organisations. Participants will also be provided with free digital tools to support their volunteer engagement strategies.

Get Involved

Your museum can be one of the 30 accredited museums we support as part of our programme. This would involve:

  • Analysis of your current volunteer engagement – looking at what areas we can support and build on
  • An onsite volunteer engagement workshop (from April 2017) to introduce a new sustainable Volunteer Makers model of volunteer engagement, to support an organisation-wide approach and to inspire leadership and team-building.
  • Provide free digital tools to help you plan and implement your volunteer engagement.

The workshops will run from April 2017 to January 2018.

The programme builds on the nationally recognised Museum Makers initiative we developed with Luton Culture, and a three year project developing digital engagement strategies with museums in the South West (see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0HrTq8XpCk).

It is recognised by Arts Council England as a model that will help museums address some of the most pressing challenges they face today.