Across the U.K. there’s a range of exciting volunteering projects and initiatives taking place.Here are some the most interesting examples we’ve come across.
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In 2022, Catrin Podgorski won our Volunteer Leader of the Year Award for her role in enabling 60 volunteers to help create the Heritage Access 2022. The project demonstrated excellence in virtual volunteering and access and equality.Find out more
In 2021, Esther Lisk-Carew won our Volunteer Leader of the Year Award for her work at the Manchester International Festival, where she strove to ensure that all volunteers were given a voice in our cultural stories.Find out more
Originally coming from a Youth Social Action Fund bid to engage young people who face barriers or challenges to volunteering, Worsbrough Youth Action group have become an essential part of the volunteer offer for Barnsley Museums.
In this case study, discover how Barnsley Museum is working in partnership to remove barriers to volunteering for young people with learning difficulties.Find out more
Remote volunteers are helping the Council for British Archaeology manage hundreds of planning applications each week. Find out how in this great case study.
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For ten years St Fagans has worked with the Innovative Trust to make the museum and volunteering accessible for people in the local community who wouldn’t traditionally get involved. This case study is a great example of how partnership working can help drive diversity and inclusion in an organisation.
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Local History Café (LHC) facilitates heritage and well-being get togethers for over-50s across the Midlands, serving up monthly local history talks and creative activities. LHC offers unique volunteering opportunities by working in partnership with heritage sites, allowing volunteers to work together with Museum staff and members of the community to tackle loneliness and social isolation. At Erewash Museum, LHC drew upon an existing pool of volunteers who work in the Museum’s highly successful volunteer-run tea room, as well as welcoming new faces. This new report takes a deep dive into the project.Find out more
Since 2018, the Science and Industry Museum, in Manchester, has formalised its approach to Employee Supported Volunteering. Today it involves a number employees from local businesses in roles as varied as gardening to supporting exhibitions and gaming events. Finding out more in this interesting case study.
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In 2019, Fiona Carris won our Volunteer Leader of the Year Award for creating an innovative, accessible and diverse volunteer programme at the Whitworth Gallery in Manchester. Find out how in this case study.
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Wondering how to engage with the busy, values driven volunteer of the 21st century? Find out how the National Science and Media Museum are going about it with their new Volunteer Blogger role.Find out more
Local History Café (LHC) facilitates heritage and well-being get togethers for over-50s across the Midlands, serving up monthly local history talks and creative activities. LHC offers unique volunteering opportunities by working in partnership with heritage sites, allowing volunteers to work together with Museum staff and members of the community to tackle loneliness and social isolation. At Erewash Museum, LHC drew upon an existing pool of volunteers who work in the Museum’s highly successful volunteer-run tea room, as well as welcoming new faces.Find out more
Kirklees Museums & Galleries offer a range of wide range of volunteer roles. Although they had plenty of anecdotal evidence that volunteering with them had a positive impact on people’s lives they had no formal data they could shout about. As part of an Arts Council England funded project called ‘Sustainable Collections’, they were given the opportunity to commission external evaluators to assess the health and wellbeing impacts of their volunteer programme.Find out more
The Warship Conservation Volunteers team is made up from a diverse group of people, ranging from job seekers, students, full time workers to retired professionals. The more experienced members of the team actively pass on their skills to the younger members helping them learn a range of skills for the future.Find out more
Free UK Geneology is an online database containing over 32 million records relating to 19th century UK censuses. It was transcribed entirely by volunteers!
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IWM North and Manchester Museum delivered a volunteering, training and placement programme across 10 heritage venues in Greater Manchester. The project if: Volunteering for Wellbeing, or Inspiring futures (if) for short, can be viewed as an exemplar in partnership working to tackle wellbeing inequalities.Find out more
We combine developing heritage specific skills such as interpretation of historical resources and object handling training with transferrable skills such as working in teams, interacting with visitors and event organisation. The Club meets one Saturday morning a month and young volunteers aged 10- 25 years are involved, mainly during school holidays, special events.Find out more