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Agenda

  • Day 1: 19 January
  • Day 2: 20 January

Key Takeaways: What am I getting out of this Interactive Conference?

Practical solutions for delivering transformation to volunteer programmes following the Covid-19 crisis

Key lessons on how voluntary organisations can mobilise mass volunteering and grassroot level social action

Immediate action points for implementation on virtual volunteering and retaining new volunteers from the crisis

The latest analysis on volunteering trends and guidance on how charities can respond to evolving volunteering patterns

The development of solution based strategies for delivering impactful volunteer recruitment for the long term

9:00 am
Virtual Conference Login and Registration
9:20 am
Your Tour of the Online Conference Platform

Before proceedings get underway, this short explainer session will explore how you can get the most out of our new next generation Conference platform.

Our IG Voluntary Team will run through how to make virtual connections, creating networking meet ups, accessing content on demand and how to use our new Q&A, chat functions and virtual polling tools.

9:30 am
Day 1: Chair’s Welcome Address
Ruth Leonard
Ruth Leonard
Chair
Association of Volunteer Managers (AVM)
Confirmed
9:40 am
Volunteering After Covid-19: What Have we Learnt and How do we Evolve?
  • Responding to the rise of mass volunteering during the Covid-19 pandemic and examining how has this been delivered on the ground
  • Charting the development of informal volunteering, the growth of mutual aid groups and the challenges in coordinating a large local volunteer force
  • Assessing how volunteering programmes transformed during the pandemic and assessing what volunteer leaders can learn from the crisis
  • Translating an emergency volunteer response into long term local action
Tiger de Souza MBE
Tiger de Souza MBE
Director – Volunteering, Participation, Inclusion
National Trust
Confirmed
Raj Gill-Harrison
Raj Gill-Harrison
Volunteer
Mutual Aid Leicester and Carers Health & Wellbeing Forum #carerscount2
Confirmed
Kate Adams
Kate Adams
Head of Volunteering
Alzheimer's Society
Confirmed
Sally Bartlett
Sally Bartlett
Head of Volunteering
St John Ambulance
Confirmed
Beau Fadahunsi
Beau Fadahunsi
Head of Development and Volunteering
Merton Voluntary Service Council
Confirmed
10:40 am
Mobilising Mass Volunteering: The Story of the NHS Volunteer Responders

This keynote session will explore the development of the largest mobilisation of volunteers since WWII, the launch and delivery of the NHS Volunteers Responders Scheme and the recruitment of 750,000 volunteers in just 4 days. The session will examine:

  • How the NHS Volunteer Responder Scheme was developed and delivered at pace and scale in response to Covid-19
  • The critical success factors that created the rise of a new flexible and dynamic volunteering army
  • The challenges and logistics of mass volunteer recruitment
  • The next steps in engaging and sustaining mass volunteer initiatives
Catherine Johnstone CBE
Catherine Johnstone CBE
Chief Executive
Royal Voluntary Service
Confirmed
11:00 am
Break, Virtual Networking and Live Delegate Meet Ups

Your opportunity to make the most of the virtual Conference, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections and tour our real-time resources and content.

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.

11:20 am
Interactive Workshops: What does Volunteering Look Like after Covid-19?

Workshop A: Embedding the “New Normal” – The Rise of the Virtual Volunteer

Led by Angela Wilson, Head of Volunteering, MS Society (CONFIRMED)

Workshop B: Remote Befriending: Reducing Isolation for the Elderly and Vulnerable

Led by Sharon Imo, Volunteer Coordinator, Octavia Foundation (CONFIRMED)

Workshop C: Local Action & Mutual Aid Groups: Supporting Ground Level Responses

Led by Tom Waring, HOUR Project Coordinator, Macc (CONFIRMED)

12:20 pm
Break, Virtual Networking and Live Delegate Meet Ups

Your opportunity to make the most of the virtual Conference, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections and tour our real-time resources and content.

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.

12:30 pm
Keynote: Supporting the Growth of Social Action Beyond the Pandemic
  • Looking back over the past year; volunteering through Covid-19
  • Looking forward to the future; harnessing the legacy
Georgia Hutchinson
Georgia Hutchinson
Deputy Director, Volunteering
Office for Civil Society, DCMS
Confirmed
1:00 pm
Recruitment and Screening for High Impact Volunteers

This session will explore key insights on delivering robust recruitment, vetting and screening procedures which match skilled volunteers with high impact roles. The session will examine:

  • Designing high quality screening and vetting processes which ensure effective safeguarding
  • Developing a recruitment programmes to enhance access, reduce unnecessary barriers and widen access to volunteer opportunities
  • Finding volunteers with the skill set required for sensitive roles
  • Supporting volunteers to maximize their impact on an organisation and drive enhanced service outcomes
Sophie Chakowa
Sophie Chakowa
Volunteer and Service User Involvement Coordinator
Solace Women’s Aid
Confirmed
1:20 pm
Day 1 Conference Close, Virtual Networking and Live Delegate Meet Ups

The Conference for Day 1 concludes at 1:20pm.

You will still have the opportunity to make the most of the virtual Conference, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections and tour our real-time resources and content.

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.

Key Takeaways: What am I getting out of this Interactive Conference?

Practical solutions for delivering transformation to volunteer programmes following the Covid-19 crisis

Key lessons on how voluntary organisations can mobilise mass volunteering and grassroot level social action

Immediate action points for implementation on virtual volunteering and retaining new volunteers from the crisis

The latest analysis on volunteering trends and guidance on how charities can respond to evolving volunteering patterns

The development of solution based strategies for delivering impactful volunteer recruitment for the long term

9:30 am
Virtual Conference Login and Registration
9:50 am
Your Tour of the Online Conference Platform

Before proceedings get underway, this short explainer session will explore how you can get the most out of our new next generation Conference platform.

Our IG Voluntary Team will run through how to make virtual connections, creating networking meet ups, accessing content on demand and how to use our new Q&A, chat functions and virtual polling tools.

10:00 am
Day 2: Chair’s Welcome Address
Ruth Leonard
Ruth Leonard
Chair
Association of Volunteer Managers (AVM)
Confirmed
10:10 am
Levelling Up Our Communities: Action Points on Volunteering from the Kruger Report
  • Examining the key findings and recommendations from the September 2020 report “Levelling up Our Communities: Proposals for a New Social Covenant”
  • Assessing lessons learnt from the civil society’s response to the pandemic and how government can support the voluntary sector to drive recovery following Covid-19
  • Exploring key ideas for the mobilising social action including the development of a Volunteer Passport system to match the supply and demand of volunteers and a National Volunteer Reserve scheme
  • Discussing the long-term future of social action and the place of volunteering in rebuilding after the pandemic
Danny Kruger MP
Danny Kruger MP
Author of the "Levelling up our Communities: Proposals for a New Social Covenant" Report
Confirmed
10:30 am
Transforming the Volunteer Experience and Adjusting to the New COVID-19 Normal

This session will share experience from Girlguiding of working to modernise their volunteer offer while responding to Covid-19.  You’ll hear honest reflections on challenges, opportunities and learning about implementing change during a time when nothings stands still.

Emily Hughes
Emily Hughes
Head of Volunteer Experience
Girlguiding
Confirmed
10:50 am
Break, Virtual Networking and Live Delegate Meet Ups

Your opportunity to make the most of the virtual Conference, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections and tour our real-time resources and content.

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.

11:10 am
Black Lives Matter: Driving Real Change on Diversity and Inclusion in Volunteering
  • How can the voluntary sector support real progress in supporting diversity across the volunteering landscape?
  • What are the core barriers to access for those from BAME and underrepresented backgrounds entering leading voluntary sector opportunities?
  • How does the sector need to change? What actions can voluntary sector organisations take now to deliver change on diversity and inclusion?
  • From the volunteer to the chief executive: sharing lived experiences of the obstacles for BAME communities
Elizabeth Balgobin
Elizabeth Balgobin
Interim Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
Institute of Fundraising
Confirmed
Shruti Saujani
Shruti Saujani
Head of Volunteering
England and Wales Cricket Board
Confirmed
Abubaker Adam
Abubaker Adam
National Liaison Lead - Covid Response
The Muslim Charities Forum
Confirmed
12:00 pm
Break, Virtual Networking and Live Delegate Meet Ups

Your opportunity to make the most of the virtual Conference, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections and tour our real-time resources and content.

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.

12:20 pm
Delivering Solutions Breakout Discussions: Volunteer Recruitment, Management and Outcomes

In this session delegates will participate in an interactive live discussion with their peers on the core challenges and practical solutions facing volunteer managers.

Participants will be able to choose one of the following discussions to participate in:

Discussion A: Enhancing Recruitment Practices: Improving Access and Inclusion

Led by Anne-Marie Zaritsky, Head of Volunteering, Mencap(CONFIRMED)

Discussion B: The Impactful Volunteer Manager: Getting the Most out of your Volunteers

Led by Emma Thomas Hancock, Director of Volunteering Delivery, Volunteering Matters (CONFIRMED)

Discussion C: Volunteer Outcomes: Enhancing the Satisfaction and Enjoyment of Volunteers

Led by Michael Phillips, Head of Volunteering, Crisis (CONFIRMED)

1:00 pm
Accelerating the Growth and Impact of Volunteering in the NHS
  • Background to the Volunteering Innovators Programme
  • The design approach
  • Impact on staff, patients and volunteers
  • Lessons learnt and next steps
Mark Lever
Mark Lever
CEO
Helpforce
Confirmed
1:20 pm
Day 2 Conference Close, Virtual Networking and Live Delegate Meet Ups

The Conference for Day 2 concludes at 1:20pm.

You will still have the opportunity to make the most of the virtual Conference, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections and tour our real-time resources and content.

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.