Creating a social and
economic impact through
harnessing a blended
volunteering approach


Doing good. Together.

Volunteer Makers is helping museums, charities and community organisations to expand and develop their volunteer community by blending volunteering with public participation through digital engagement.

The Volunteer Makers approach opens up volunteering to a new audience while delivering measurable value for organisations and the people who support them.

We can provide the digital tools and support you through training to transform the way volunteering works for you and your community.

Pioneering Volunteer Makers – 21st Century Volunteering

Find out more about our ACE supported programme from those involved, and how we can work with you too.

Pioneering Volunteer Makers Community


Learn more from our Volunteer Makers Pioneers through our national Pioneering Volunteer Makers online showcase and conference.

Try Volunteer Makers now

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

Our training programme includes the use of the Volunteer Makers digital platform, a powerful tool for engaging new volunteers and supporting your existing community.

The Digital Platform

The Volunteer Makers Digital Platform is a powerful tool for managing your volunteering – blending micro-volunteering with digital engagement and volunteer support.

Frequently Asked Questions

Find out more about Volunteer Makers including:

  • Who is it suitable for?
  • How does it work with your existing volunteers?
  • How much does it cost?
  • Why should you use it?

Our Volunteer Makers Pioneers

For the last 18 months we have worked with more than 50 museums across England, delivering Volunteer Makers training and the Volunteer Makers platform.

This national programme, supported by Arts Council England, has helped our pioneer museum partners deliver measurable improvements in volunteer engagement and opened up opportunities for new volunteers.


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
John Orna-Ornstein

“We know that people still want to give their time to volunteer, but also that that time needs to give something back. Museums need to offer more than just operations or events. They need to offer support, interaction and sustainability across the range of their activities.

“Volunteer Makers offers an intelligent answer to this problem. The app in particular not only makes it easier for people to find out how they can help, but addresses their interests or availability so that everybody wins. It’s volunteering for the modern world. And it’s going to have massive benefits in communities across the country.”

John Orna-OrnsteinFormer Director of Museums, Arts Council England
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

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