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AVM Conference 2017

Wednesday October 18th

Your voice, together with AVM, advancing our profession


9:15 Conference registration opens

Tea/coffee and pastries


10:00 Welcome Address


10:10 Keynote Speech: National Service for the UK? What the government's independent Youth Full-Time Social Action Review might mean for full-time volunteers

James Probert, Director, The Full Time Social Action Alliance

Question & Answer Session to follow.

10:55 Morning Seminars:

a) Influence Leadership: Gaining Commitment, Getting Results
Please come with your questions and curiosity as we explore how you can influence others more effectively by applying research-proven influence tactics with your colleagues or stakeholders. All participants will :

  • Complete the Influence Tactics Assessment and receive the results.
  • Gain an awareness of your own influence style and how to become aware of those who differ in their styles.
  • Learn how to apply research-based behavioural tactics to your specific leadership/managerial situation.

Sherie Olmstead, Managing Director, Unicorn Consulting Solutions Ltd.

Suitable for:

  • Those responsible for managing teams/ groups of volunteers
  • Those responsible for the strategic development of volunteering
  • Those new to volunteer management of any description


b) Creativity and Meaning in Volunteer Reward and Recognition

This session will encourage you to think differently about your role as a supporter and motivator of volunteers. How do we reward and recognise their involvement in our organisations in meaningful ways? Charlotte will go back to basics to offer tips on how to inject energy into your engagement with your volunteers and how to understand what really motivates them. Armed with this knowledge, this session will reflect on how can you apply this to your reward and recognition activities on a daily to annual basis.

  • How to inject energy into your engagement with volunteers and how to really listen to them.
  • Understanding motivations of your volunteers, and how this relates to reward and recognition.
  • When to reward and recognise – what is expected and what is appropriate.
  • How to reward and recognise – examples from the field and open discussion with attendees.

Charlotte Fielder MBE, Head of Volunteering, Battersea Dogs and Cats Home

Suitable for:

  • Those responsible for the strategic development of volunteering


c) Embracing the age of opportunity – involving younger and older volunteers

This session will focus on innovative methods of attracting and engaging both young and older volunteers. Looking at research identifying volunteer trends of an ageing population and recent campaigns such as #Iwill and #1millionhours will provide the opportunity to explore new ideas to implement in your own organisations.

We will:

  • Set the scene of the campaigns including outcomes so far
  • Briefly touch upon the research into volunteer involvement for both young and older volunteers
  • Share learning from these campaigns and research, discussing opportunities to grow your volunteering programme
  • Facilitate discussions on a few topics e.g. replicating the learnings from the campaigns and research into own organisations, creating meaningful opportunities, challenges faced and how to overcome them in engaging young and older volunteers

Dan Jones, Director of Innovation & Change, Centre for Ageing Bette

Andy Chaggar, Voluntary and Public Sector Manager, Step Up To Serve and the #iwill campaign

Emily Cottrell, Volunteering Resourcing Manager, Cancer Research UK

Suitable for:

  • Those responsible for managing teams/ groups of volunteers
  • Those responsible for the strategic development of volunteering


d) GIVERS - Nudging People to Volunteer

The world’s most detailed Behavioural Science on volunteering and how to use it to recruit and retain your volunteers more effectively and efficiently

Will Watt, Product Director, Jump Projects

Suitable for:

  • Those responsible for managing teams/ groups of volunteers
  • Those responsible for the strategic development of volunteering
  • Those new to volunteer management of any description


12:10 Lunch & Networking time

Association of Volunteer Managers AGM – 13:05 – 13:25

AVM members only.


13:30 Keynote Speech: How to develop and support volunteer led management across a movement

Julie Bentley, Chief Executive of Girlguiding.

Question & Answer session to follow.


14:15 Afternoon Seminars:

e) The Current Corporate Volunteering Landscape – a Third Sector Perspective

Join us to share the findings of a sector-wide survey focused on corporate volunteering.

We will be discussing the current landscape and trends including sector attitudes. We will introduce the business case for engaging in corporate volunteering and the value it can add. We will also be sharing case studies of best practice and providing some top tips on making the most of corporate volunteering opportunities.

This is suitable for anyone looking to develop corporate volunteering or refine existing programmes of work at a strategic or delivery level.

The Corporate Volunteering Network, The steering group consists of co-chairs Kate Lovesey (Senior Corporate Volunteering Manager at Macmillan) and Rick Benfield (Founder & CEO of Thirdbridge), as well as Andy Melia (Head of Community Investment at Business in the Community), Hannah Carey (Corporate Partnerships Manager at Cystic Fibrosis), and Rosalia Delfino (Community Development & Marketing Manager at thirdbridge)

Suitable for:

  • Those responsible for managing teams/ groups of volunteers
  • Those responsible for the strategic development of volunteering
  • Those new to volunteer management of any description


f) How do you measure the impact of volunteering your organisation? Things to consider….

Sian and Chris from Citizens Advice will share how they measure the impact of their volunteers; the reasons, methodology and outcomes so far and what’s next.. They’ll talk about how the information has been used both internally and across the sector, to show the value of their volunteers. Working together in the session, we’ll look at the key elements of volunteer impact that you need to measure, understanding the reasons for measuring it and tips that you might need when getting going in this area.

Chris Freed, Head of Volunteering, Sian Whyte, Head of Impact and Evaluation, Citizens Advice

Suitable for:

  • Those responsible for the strategic development of volunteering


g) Volunteer Information: From Data to Insight to Action

What information do those involved in the strategic development of volunteering find the most insightful to inform strategy and practice? What sorts of insight can volunteer information offer? How can you transform insight into tangible action?

During the seminar we will explore ways in which volunteer management metrics and volunteer survey data can contribute to your understanding of your volunteers, and how to maximise their contribution whilst maintaining a great volunteer experience.

We will share up to date information on our latest Volunteers Count benchmarking study and we will also have a guest speaker from a leading charity talking about how they make use of the results in their organisation to effect change.

Tim Walters, Principal Consultant, Agenda Consulting

Suitable for:

  • Those responsible for the strategic development of volunteering

h) Change is Not A Journey

There is one of few “givens” in life and that is change. Some of us love it and some of us hate it. Find out how to look at the true nature of change, and how to create profound, transformational change, effortlessly and fast (both within an organisation and/or ourselves).

Of interest to anyone involved in change processes for themselves, their teams or their organisations.

Sherie Olmstead – Managing Director, Unicorn Consulting Solutions Ltd.
Suitable for:

  • Those responsible for managing teams/ groups of volunteers
  • Those responsible for the strategic development of volunteering
  • Those new to volunteer management of any description



15:30 Networking break with tea/coffee and biscuits

A chance to meet other colleagues and make some new connections.



16:00 Keynote Speech: The role of CEOs in the voluntary sector in supporting, developing and leading volunteer management/engagement

Vicky Browning, CEO, Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations (ACEVO)

Question & Answer Session to follow


16:45 Closing Address:

Summary of the day and some challenges to us as Volunteer Managers about developing ourselves and stepping up to be involved in the development of our profession.


17:00 Conference Closes

To celebrate AVMs 10th birthday we have organised an informal post AVM Conference Networking Drinks event, 5 pm – 6.30pm in the Royal National Hotel (South Reception) Bar.


Not a member? Why not join AVM and save on the cost of your ticket? YOU CAN JOIN HERE

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Frequently Asked Questions:

Can I pay by invoice?

Yes, all you need to do is complete the registration form and when you reach the payment options section, select "pay by invoice" from the drop-down box.

I'm traveling to the conference from outside of London, where is the best place to book accommodation?

The Royal National Hotel offers excellent bedroom rates through their website, but if you would prefer to stay elsewhere check out our Hotelmap to see the best rates at other local hotels.

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