Take part in nationwide survey on heritage volunteering

Yosola Olorunshola, 20.03.2019

Unlocking the power of volunteers  

The Heritage Volunteering Group (HVG) has launched a survey into volunteering in the UK heritage sector.  
 
The HVG exists to help organisations and volunteer managers unlock the power of volunteering through collaboration and sharing best practice.  
 
The joint project between Agenda Consulting, the Museums Association (MA), NCVO and Science Museum Group will explore the scale, nature and impact of volunteering across the sector.  
 
“We are delighted to support the HVG in an initiative which, like our own Volunteers Count 2019 study, enables benchmarking of key metrics on volunteers and volunteer management practices,” said Tim Walters, a principal consultant at Agenda Consulting.  
 
“We hope it provides people with a solid evidence base to inform their decision making and create strong volunteer strategies,” said Walters.  
 
Following the launch of the MA’s Workforce Strategy in 2017, the MA has participated in the HVG to build on its recommendations for a sustainable workforce.  
 
“Volunteers are an important part of our sector’s workforce and the MA wants to ensure that their experience is positive,” said Tamsin Russell, the professional development officer at the Museums Association.  
 
“Having additional evidence about the profile of our volunteer workforce will enable us to target content more appropriately and inform our Workforce Strategy 2020-2023.”
 
The findings are expected to be published in May at the HVG’s annual conference.
 
To participate in the survey, sign up to the Heritage Volunteering Group.