South West Museum Volunteering Forum

The South West Museum Volunteering Forum is a network for staff and volunteers in museums in the South West who are proactively seeking to develop the way they involve volunteers and the nature of the volunteer experience. It aims to share and develop best practice and new ways of working around volunteer involvement in museums and engages with the wider heritage and volunteering sectors as appropriate to achieve its aims.

Since 2011 the Forum (previously known as the South West Heritage Volunteering Forum) has held themed meetings responding to member priorities and supported accredited training for volunteer managers.

From 2015 a ‘community of interest’, formed of volunteering leads in organisations actively developing volunteering, will play a key part in setting and achieving the forum’s agenda and activities. In this way, practice will be shared more effectively across museums.

Members will be invited to join the network and will have access to funded or part-funded offers, for example funded CPD activities, in recognition of their active participation in the Forum. If the Forum can support your work and you would like to be involved do contact  Eleanor or Jan. Your involvement should be supported by your organisation’s governing bodies or senior managers.

Note: The SW Museum Volunteering Forum and the SVO role will be supported by a steering group that will link the development activities to the Board of the SW Museum Development Programme.

Note: Additional information on the service can be found here in the following presentation: SVO Service Introduction