Many people who wish to support museums cannot commit to regular volunteering opportunities for a variety of reasons including work, family commitments, accessibility, location and sometimes other volunteering roles. Representatives from Croft Castle, National Trust, Heritage & Culture Warwickshire (HCW) and Telford & Wrekin Council will describe their experiences of creating, recruiting and managing new volunteering opportunities that support the aims of their organisations without requiring a regular or long term commitment.
Donna Owen, House Steward and Volunteer Champion, Croft Castle will describe the development of ‘Visiteering: Conservation in the Castle,’ a programme of events aimed at raising awareness, allowing visitors to gain an insight into the important work involved in conservation – whilst also getting them to help out with the cleaning! Delegates will get to experience ‘Conservation in the Castle’ themselves.
Sarah Hann, Volunteer Coordinator, Sharon Forman, Warwickshire Bytes Project Archivist and Suzannah Brooks, Warwickshire Bytes Project Apprentice will outline Heritage & Culture Warwickshire’s approach to virtual volunteering. From explaining how the Warwickshire Bytes project allows people to volunteer from home and make Warwickshire’s collections available to a wider audience, to outlining #silvertakeover; a project encouraging older volunteers to add their voices to HCW’s social media presence.
Jodie Lloyd, Culture Project Specialist will describe how Telford & Wrekin Council recruited and worked with a wide range of volunteers, or GEMs (Golden Event Makers) to support Telford50, a programme of events and celebrations across the borough aimed at marking the 50th anniversary of Telford in 2018.
Refreshments will be provided.
Priority will be given to delegates from non-NPO museums which are Accredited or officially Working Towards Accreditation. Maximum of two delegates per museum.
14 November – Flexible Volunteering: A change of pace
10am-1pm, Croft Castle and Parkland, Yarpole near Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 0BL