Heritage Volunteering Conference Friday 13 April 2018 9.30am-4.15pm

The Future of Volunteering: A Time to Think Differently

The volunteer landscape is changing. Just over 14 million people volunteered in 2015-16, 100,000 of whom gave time within the culture sector. Volunteers are requesting small bite-sized volunteering opportunities, more convenience to decide when and where they volunteer and the option to make it easier to get started. These are just a few of the requirements of the modern day volunteer.

Whilst this means challenges, it also gives us opportunities to develop new ways to engage a wider audience than before. We may not able to accurately predict the future but we can share, discuss alternatives, and prepare ourselves to think differently. As we continue to champion best practice in the development of heritage volunteering across the UK, we also need to adapt to the changing needs of a fast-paced society.

The 2018 Heritage Volunteering Conference is designed to challenge and inspire you with keynote speakers, practical case studies and participatory workshops from organisations across the UK; sharing best practice, lessons learnt and their knowledge in supporting volunteers and staff in managing them.

Book your ticket by Thursday 8 March and qualify for an early bird discount of 10% applied at checkout. At checkout, you will be asked if you would like to attend the network evening on Thursday 12 April as an opportunity to meet some of the delegates that will be attending the conference.

Speakers are:


Mike Clewley, Senior Cultural Tourism Officer, Mayor of London


Karl Wilding, Director of Policy and Volunteering, National Council of Voluntary Organisations (NCVO)

Workshops will explore:

  1. Future-casting: can corporate volunteering make your dreams come true?
  2. Volunteer data – what do you really need?
  3. Shouting Out Loud: Giving young people a voice in heritage
  4. Engaging with Remote Volunteers
  5. The added value when engaging 21st century volunteers

We will also share case studies and host an interactive panel discussion, facilitated by Rob Jackson from Rob Jackson Consulting Ltd.

Book now to secure your place and avoid disappointment.

To mark this years conference we are delighted to announce the introduction of the Volunteer Manager of the Year Award. Through this award we will be celebrating and sharing innovative and outstanding examples of volunteer leadership within our sector.

Nominations are welcome from all areas of the heritage sector and can be made for a Volunteer Coordinator, Part-time Supervisor, Head of Volunteering, paid or unpaid. If you know someone who has made a real difference to their organisation or their volunteers then we want to know about it.

Download this Nomination form and return it no later than 5pm, Friday 23 March 2018.

If you require any further information, please contact Vanessa Theed on 020 7814 5524 or email [email protected]