Despite the weather, thirty hardy souls turned up for the latest Heritage Volunteer Organisers Scotland event at Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery on Friday March 26th. This was the fourth HVOS event and the last to be funded by Museums Galleries Scotland. In the morning there were some lively and inspiring presentations. Dr Alison Burke, Learning Manager of the National Trust for Scotland whose volunteer Beth Talbot won the first ever National Marsh Trust Volunteer Award last year, followed by Kusuma Bartnett a volunteer herself. As Head of Volunteer Programmes at the British Museum, Kusuma runs the Marsh awards. She was keen for members of the network to enter their volunteers. The closing date is April 23rd – see the website for more information.
The presentations were followed by clinics on recruitment and selection headaches, training and development nightmares and volunteer exits where some lively discussion ensued. After a hearty lunch, John Lee from Volunteer Development Scotland talked about the People Making Waves programme which provides a volunteer exchange programme and funding to help people get involved in the arts and Aileen Strachan from Culture Sport Glasgow talked about the Let Glasgow Flourish Legacy Trust UK project which is providing cultural diversity training to volunteers. This was followed by a second round of clinics and a few lucky people took a tour of the awarding winning Centre of New Enlightenment and came back suitably amazed. At the end of the day I headed for the train station very tired and slightly hoarse, but inspired by the great work volunteers and their managers are doing in the sector. If you would like to become a member of the network please contact me, Catherine Cartmell, Workforce Development Manager.