Learn new ways of engaging audiences at Manchester 2017

Patrick Steel, 22.08.2017
Volunteer Makers event will help you engage and inspire volunteers
Volunteer Makers, an organisation dedicated to managing, growing and engaging a community of volunteers while widening public participation and diversity, will be hosting an event at the Museums Association (MA) Conference & Exhibition in Manchester.

The free event, which takes place from 1.30 to 4.20pm on Friday 17 November, is open to visitors and delegates and will showcase museums that have adopted the Volunteer Makers approach and the ways in which they have changed their organisation-wide engagement culture.



Attendees will be able to learn about the benefits of blended volunteering – seeing your audience as supporter and volunteer, blending volunteering with public participation, marketing and digital – and how this affects the workforce now and into the future.

Claire Sully, the Volunteer Makers training programme founder, says: “Museums have come to understand at first-hand that finding volunteers (and keeping them) is challenging due to shifts in demographics meaning those who come forward have different needs. Digital technology is key to finding and engaging volunteers, but requires a new approach.

“The opportunity is there for museums to learn from each other about harnessing the power of 21st century volunteering. It has changed, and organisations have to change to keep up.

“Volunteer Makers is well placed to share such learning, from a national programme of training with our tools and frameworks. Alongside this, we have been rolling out a technology platform to support organisations with the aim of growing their volunteers in a scalable and manageable way.

The Volunteer Makers event takes place in Exchange Room 11 at the Manchester Central Convention Centre on Friday 17 November from 1.30 to 4.20pm and includes lunch and refreshments.

Volunteer Makers is a sponsor of the Museums Association Conference & Exhibition 2017

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