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Museum Skills: Achieving Greater Diversity in Volunteering

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Museum of Somerset (Castle House)

Taunton Castle

Castle Green

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TA1 4AA

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This course will support you to plan for recruiting and welcoming a wider range of volunteers. It will be co-delivered by SWMDP and RIO, the Arts Council bridge organisation for the south west, and will include case study examples from SW museums. As a bridge organisation, RIO works to connect young people in the region with great art and culture.


Who should attend:

Anyone working or volunteering in a museum who has day-to-day responsibility for volunteer involvement. This course would also be useful for managers or trustees who are forming plans for increasing the range of available volunteer opportunities, and want to develop their understanding of the issues.


What you will learn:

  • About a variety of volunteering opportunities, including micro-volunteering, distance volunteering, short term and project volunteering (including through schemes like the Duke of Edinburgh Award or Arts Award)
  • Who might volunteer, including: families, over-16s, harder-to-reach groups (making use of audience data)
  • Why people might volunteer – or not!
  • How to provide a safe and welcoming environment
  • Practical tips on the specifics of planning recruitment, welcome and induction, training and ongoing support for new and existing groups of volunteers
  • Identifying specific actions to contribute to forward planning


What should you bring:

An idea (or the beginnings of an idea) for a new kind of volunteer opportunity you are thinking of offering at your museum. You will have the chance to apply your learning and spend time developing your idea through group discussions.


Session leaders

Eleanor Moore is the Sustainable Volunteering Officer with the South West Museum Development Programme (job share with Jan Horrell). Her role involves the provision of advice and support to museums across the region to help develop volunteering practice. She works closely with the Museum Development Officers and through county network groups. Eleanor and Jan operate a community of practice for paid and voluntary volunteer managers in museums, the Museum Volunteering Forum. Her background is in social and community history curatorship and advisory work within the museums sector, with experience of managing volunteer teams

Kate Rowlands is a consultant and volunteer Manager for Real Ideas Organisation (RIO). Kate has experience in running enterprising, learning and employment programmes, supporting young people to move forward with their futures. Kate has developed RIO’s volunteer offer, historically running a young person led volunteer group from RIO’s social enterprise hub, Devonport Guildhall. Most recently, Kate has managed the SW contract for the Creative skills Initiative programme, a strand of the creative employment programme which supported almost 200 young people to gain a qualification, develop employability skills and gain an arts award, alongside gaining valuable work experience. Kate has a diploma in Volunteer management and is an Arts award adviser and Social Enterprise Qualification (SEQ) mentor.


***This training is being delivered by RIO the Arts Council England Bridge Organisation for the South West. By booking onto this course you are agreeing to your information being shared with RIO for reporting purposes.*** If you have any questions about this please contact us at museum.development@bristol.gov.uk



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Taunton Castle

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TA1 4AA

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