Elevenses – Thursday 18th May

Tea Cup with biscuit

Recruiting and Engaging Volunteers

We are all aware of how the workplace has changed over the past couple of years, the impact this has made on recruiting and engaging volunteers and the need to be more flexible in our approach.  We are pleased to be joined by Matt Hick, Head of Volunteering at Science Museum Group (SMG) and founder of the Heritage Volunteering Group (HVG) and Catrin Catrin Podgorki, Project and Volunteer Manager at VocalEyes to discuss new opportunities for engaging volunteers.

Matt has worked in Volunteer Management for 15 years.  As Volunteer Coordinator, Matt transformed volunteering at the National Railway Museum before taking on his current role, where he’s responsible for the strategic development of volunteering across SMG.  Matt will explore how, by taking a different approach to volunteer recruitment, you can deliver volunteer involving activities that not only meet your organisation’s operational needs but which can help transform lives and communities.

Catrin is Project and Volunteer Engagement Manager at VocalEyes and the winner of the Heritage Volunteering Group Volunteer Leader of The Year 2022. Catrin demonstrated excellence in her approach to working with remote volunteer researchers with personal experience of access barriers.  This led to the publication of a major report Heritage Access 2022 – VocalEyes into the experiences, barriers and access provision for D/deaf, disabled and neurodivergent museum visitors.

VocalEyes – Opportunities for blind and partially sighted people to experience and enjoy art and heritage 
HVG – Heritage Volunteering Group 

Insightful, interactive and informal, come along to gain new insights from our guests, meet colleagues from the region, and connect with the MDY team. Everyone who works and volunteers in museums in our region is most welcome, including museum freelancers who want to stay connected.

There’s no need to book, just click the link below on the day:

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If you have any questions about Elevenses, you are new to Microsoft Teams and would like to arrange a familiarisation session, or if you’d like to speak about your current or emerging work at Elevenses please contact Victoria Smith at: victoria.smith@ymt.org.uk.