HVOS Collaborations

Inclusive Volunteering, Inspiring Participation

Wednesday 19 September 2018
The Engine Shed, Stirling

HVOS was delighted to present the 2018 volunteer managers’ conference in partnership with the Association of Volunteer Managers (AVM) and the Stirling Festival of Volunteering.

The conference featured speakers and workshop facilitators from across the volunteering sector. This was a great opportunity to hear about current projects and success stories, learn something new, and meet people doing inspiring work in volunteer management.



Throughout 2017, HVOS celebrated the unique contribution made by volunteers and volunteer managers to the Scottish heritage sector. Volunteers are an integral part of the Scottish historic environment, and we want to tell everyone about their incredible contribution to the protection and promotion of our history and culture.

HVOS events that year have included:

  • The #LoveHeritageVols social media project, a collaborative record of volunteer effort and engagement which will continue beyond the national History, Heritage and Archaeology (HHA) year
  • Special events such as the Celebrating Heritage Volunteers Symposium and the Heritage Volunteer Managers Conference

HVOS recognises the invaluable financial contribution of the Museums Galleries Scotland Skills Development Fund in supporting the HVOS #HHA2017 projects.

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Heritage Volunteer Managers’ Conference

The Engine Shed, Forthside Way, Stirling
Thursday 21 September 2017

Alongside Volunteer Scotland’s Festival of Volunteering, the conference was aimed at developing the skills of volunteer managers in the Scottish heritage sector.

Following on from previous successful HVOS conferences and training events, a fantastic line-up of speakers and trainers will provide up to date information on the burning issues in volunteer management, including guest speakers Rob Jackson (co-author, The Complete Volunteer Management Handbook) and Mark Restall (author, Volunteers and the Law).

This training activity has been supported with funding from
MGS Skills Development Fund.

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Celebrating Heritage Volunteers Symposium

National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh
Saturday 3 June 2017

We marked National Volunteers’ Week in style with our Celebrating Heritage Volunteers Symposium!

The symposium (especially for volunteers) was a day of celebration, skills sharing and knowledge exchange. We celebrated the journey, outcomes, impact and diversity of volunteers across the Scottish heritage sector at this one day symposium, with inspirational speakers, hands-on workshops, and the opportunity to network with volunteers from a range of Scottish heritage organisations.

Feedback from participants:

“Fab event – will look for other ways to be involved”
“The object handling workshop was VERY valuable – I’d like a longer workshop, please!!”
“My first volunteer symposium – great! Informative, friendly and fun – really enjoyed it”
“There are many more ways to volunteer than I had originally thought”

Watch this short film for a recap of the day:

We’re listening to what people in the Scottish heritage volunteer sector want – at the Volunteer Symposium, volunteers in our sector told us that their priorities include:

    • Volunteers at the Symposium also told us how to reach them better.

Volunteer Managers Conference

St Cecilia’s Hall, Edinburgh
May 2014

Key Speakers:
Rob Jackson, Volunteer Management Consultant – ‘Understanding and Engaging 21st Century Volunteers’

Daniella Dei, Glasgow Life Museums Galleries Scotland Intern – ‘Volunteering, Heritage and the Commonwealth Games’

Training sessions:
Volunteering and Legal Issues (Katie Baker, Tods Murray)

Using Social Media to Involve and Engage Volunteers (John Ferry, Glasgow Museums)

HVOS Toolkit for Involving Volunteers (Christine Mullen, HVOS Toolkit Author)

Generating Positive Working Relationships between Staff and Volunteers (Rob Jackson, Volunteer Management Consultant)

‘Inspire – Celebrate – Diversify’ Volunteer Managers Conference
(Part of the European Year of the Volunteer 2011)

City Halls, Glasgow
February 2011

Key Speakers:
Lynn Blackadder, Volunteering Consultant
Alison Burke, National Trust for Scotland
Laura Brouard, Lothian Health Services Archive

Training sessions:

HVOS Volunteer Management Toolkit – Launch

Human Library

CRBS and the PVG Scheme

Volunteer Manager Training Session

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
March 2010

Volunteer Managers Training Day

Low Parks Hamilton
25 March

Volunteer Managers Conference

Key Speakers:
Jennifer Maxwell, Manager and Curator, Museum of Childhood, 17 years of volunteering
Laura Baird, L.M. Baird MGS Volunteering impact study
Training sessions:
Training and development of volunteers on a shoestring Led by Dianne Miller, Volunteer Development Scotland
‘From the top down’ Group discussion led by Violet Dalton, Head of Volunteering, National Trust for Scotland and Yla Barrie, Volunteer and Placement Co-ordinator, Culture and Sport Glasgow

HVOS Network Launch

Eden Court Theatre, Inverness
November 2009

Key Speakers:
Joanne Orr, CEO MGS
Violet Dalton, Head of Volunteering, National Trust for Scotland
Colleen Pinkman, Workforce Development Manager, MGS
Sarah Malone, Director of Gordon Highlanders Museum
Roger Wilson, Manager, HBOS Foundation

Museum on the Mound
November 2004

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