A Night to Remember! The SHARE Volunteer Awards

With Volunteer Awards season just round the corner, we’ve been speaking to Niki Hughes, a founding member of the scheme in 2015, and integral part of it’s steering group today.

In the atmospheric surroundings of the Fitzwilliam Museum, the second annual SHARE Volunteer Awards took place on 9th June 2016. This event coincided with National Volunteer Week, and was intended to celebrate the hard work that Volunteers had carried out across the region. 69 nominations were received from all sorts of museums, with staff taking the opportunity to say a big “thank you” to their dedicated teams.

The SHARE team and Awards Steering Committee deliberated hard to ensure that each category reflected the vast array of activities that volunteers had undertook. Every museum was invited to think about both individuals and teams to nominate.

Every nominee was invited to the event. A full range of volunteers heard about activities and  achievements from across the region. It was great to see a mixture of glad rags and overalls sipping drinks and chatting in the opulence of the Impressionist Gallery!

We are hoping that the Awards will continue to grow; this year’s event will take place on Thursday 8 June and will be hosted at the beautiful Museum of East Anglian Life. Nominations will open from 23rd February and everyone is encouraged to think about who they could nominate for these awards. After all, you have to be in it to win it!

Niki Hughes, Opening Doors Project Coordinator, University of Cambridge Museums

Accredited Training Opportunity in Volunteer Management

SHARE are pleased to be able to offer this great opportunity for anyone who wants to improve the way they work with their volunteers. It is widely recognised that managing volunteers can be quite different to managing paid staff and this course will help you to improve your skills in this area as well as sharing experience and learning with others in similar roles in the region.

The course will help you to gain a solid foundation in the specific skill set needed to supervise, support, organise and motivate a team of volunteers, and a qualification with the Institute of Leadership and Management (Level 3 Award in Management of Volunteers).

The trainer, Christine Laverock, regularly works with the voluntary and community sector and previous participants on her courses have given us excellent feedback about her style of course delivery, her responsiveness to individual needs, her communication and in-depth understanding of the subject

As well as traditional volunteer management ideas the course will also look at the new challenges for volunteer managers – such as how to work with more diverse volunteer teams; an area of increasing development for many of our museums.

The four session courses start next month and are located in Bedford or Stowmarket. The course requires a commitment of £100 from each participant (but contact Sally Ackroyd in the SHARE team (sally.ackroyd@norfolk.gov.uk) if this is prohibitive for your museum).

Please read the further details and apply by 22nd February if you are interested.

For more information, please download the application form below:

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