A two-year Arts Council England-funded programme to help museums attract the next generation of volunteers is launching with two regional seminars in London and the North West in January.
Volunteer Makers is a pioneering model developed with museums to meet the challenges and opportunities of a rapidly changing volunteer landscape.
It blends volunteering with public participation, audience development, marketing and digital to grow, manage and inspire a wider, more diverse and active support community for your museum.
The programme will engage with over 500 museums over the next 18 months, including 30 one-to-one workshops and a series of regional seminars.
All programme activity is free to participating accredited museums in England. A Volunteer Makers Pioneers programme – will measure impact and research of volunteering in the 21st Century – is working alongside the national training programme and is partnering with larger museums and museum networks.
The Volunteer Makers programme launches in January with a Future of Volunteering seminar for London and the South East, held at the Museum of London on 12th January.
This will be followed by the North West seminar at Lancashire Conservation Studios in Preston on January 23rd.
The seminars are aimed at museum leadership, marketing, curators and volunteer managers. Further seminars are to be announced.
Tickbox MD and Volunteer Makers programme director Claire Sully said: “The Museum sector is leading the way in developing innovative models for engaging their communities and we are delighted to be at the heart of this, working across the national Museum Development Network.
“We believe this work will help museums as they connect with and grow a wider, more diverse, support base that will help sustain and grow the sector going forward, and will also prove important for other sectors too”.
Matthew Hick, Chair of the Heritage Volunteering Network said: “HVG is delighted to be running this event with Volunteer Makers. Both our organisations share the same values and we see the Future of Volunteering workshops as an opportunity for volunteer managers within our sector to network, share best practice and develop new ways of working. We also hope that this event will be the first steps towards establishing a support network for our regional Heritage Volunteering Groups.”
“Museum Development North West is pleased to be working alongside Volunteer Makers on this event. Our regional volunteer development programme complements the work they do and we’re looking forward to seeing how we can continue to work together in the future.” Alex Bird AMA, Sector Development Officer.
Further info for London and South East seminar: http://volunteermakers.org/national-volunteer-engagement-training-programme/volunteer-makers-london-south-east-seminar/
Full details of the Volunteer Makers, and how to book, visit http://volunteermakers.org or contact firstname.lastname@example.org @VolunteerMakers.