In the UK, more people volunteer to help out charities, art and historical institutions, libraries and good causes than anywhere else in the world. It’s a vital part of the British economy – providing £23bn of direct economic value, in addition to other less quantifiable feel-good effects.
Volunteers’ Week this month celebrated this massive contribution – and acknowledged how volunteering has changed from the traditional model.
Micro Volunteering recognises that the modern world makes many time-demands on people, but the urge to volunteer is strong and growing, and help can be provided in “bite-sized packages” and on a less-than-formal basis. Volunteer Makers has recognised that the Volunteer offer had to change to suit 21st century volunteers.
Volunteer Makers is a unique technology platform and engagement model that promotes volunteering as supporting – providing a portal for organisations to manage helpers, achieve tasks, and gamifying the process for the volunteers/supporters themselves.
The platform allows organisations to tap into new banks of support, diversify support and develop public enthusiasm for projects. For the volunteers, the value exchange of their support is quantified and they feel a greater connection with the organisations they are helping.
Volunteer Makers has been rolled out nationwide in a programme supported by Arts Council England and developed in collaboration with its partners.
It has published a booklet crystallising what it does and sharing feedback from its users.
Volunteer Makers is working with more than 70 museums, charities, and local government organisations across the UK and is expanding rapidly. It will be launching a libraries-specific programme this autumn.
You can download a PDF copy of the Volunteer Makers case studies booklet via this link.