Volunteer Conference and Fun Day

Loretta and I attended the Heritage Volunteer Organisers Scotland  (HVOS) Conference held at Glasgow City Halls on 18th February, an event which was funded by MGS and run by HVOS.

The City Halls is a lovely building with the room sizes large enough for all attending to listen to the guest speakers and also for the workshops held throughout the day.

There were three speakers at the conference, Lynn Blackadder from the Volunteering Consultancy, Laura Brouard, Assistant Archivist from Lothian Health Services Archives who gave a talk on the amazing amount of archiving held, with LHSA being the largest NHS archive in Britain and Alison Burke, Learning Manager for Robert Burns Birthplace Museum who talked about setting up a new volunteer workforce at the Robert Burns museum including ongoing training, and recruitment. All three gave very interesting talks which gave an insight into the terrific work that volunteers do within the sector.

There were three workshops held and everyone was able to pick two of these, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. I personally found the Human Library a new (to me) and very interesting concept. The speakers were passionate about their work but also amusing at the same time. The other two workshops were the Volunteer Management Toolkit which is also funded by Museums Galleries Scotland and Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme good practice given by Central Registered Body in Scotland (CRBS)
All in all this was an enjoyable and informative day and from the comments I overheard from others it seemed to be that the day was a huge success. If you enjoyed the day as much as we did please let us know your thoughts and if there is anything exciting happening in your work-place please let us know.

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