Heritage Volunteering Group
In 2014, a group of professionals passionate about volunteering in the Heritage sector started to meet and discuss Heritage Volunteering. We initially got together because we wanted to start taking action to move the sector forward strategically. The discussions were so interesting and the networking was so valuable that we decided to create a sustainable way of doing this.
It started with Matt from the Science Museum Group, Danielle from Imperial War Museums, Richard from Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust and Alex from Birmingham Museum Trust, but now there are people from all over the UK around the table working out how best to champion and support heritage volunteering. Some of the involved organisations now include; NCVO, National Trust, Heritage Railway Association, HLF, English Heritage and Museum Wales. We’re not saying we’re the experts – it just happens that we all got talking and realised we could work together to achieve something big.
The Heritage Volunteering Group seeks to support and champion volunteering best practice across the heritage sector. We will seek to support all heritage sites, from natural to built environment, and ranging from National, regional and independent sites to fully volunteer led organisations.
We are not currently looking for new members of our steering group but if you have some time to give and would like to play an active role in the development of The Heritage Volunteering Group then take a look at the above documents for more information. Please get in touch and we can talk further about how you can get involved outside of the steering group.
What are we trying to do?
We’ve been talking to our followers on twitter, having discussions at various regional meetings and asking as many people as possible about what the sector needs. As a result we’re now trying to create a network of regional meetings across the UK that will get people in the sector talking to each other – reducing the isolation felt by many, but also in order to create a UK wide network that can feed into an annual national meeting.
We want to have all regions represented so that we can have valuable sector wide discussions resulting in action. We’re trying to pull together enthusiastic people to look at bigger strategic goals, so we can tackle things like:
-Evaluating the impact of volunteering on participants’ wellbeing
-Hosting a bank of free online resources that everyone can access; signposting best practice toolkits but also new research papers and useful news stories
-Supporting Universities to incorporate basic volunteer management training into relevant degrees
-Building an evidence bank so that we rely less on organisationally specific data, anecdotal feedback and outdated research.
Do you run or belong to a current heritage volunteers’ regional network or forum that might be interested in working with us?
Please email us via: firstname.lastname@example.org
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