+Part 1Volunteering inyour Country
+Learning Outcomes To understand the opportunities for undertakingvoluntary work in the cultural heritage sector. To ide...
+What is Volunteering?Any activity that involves spendingtime, unpaid, doing something thataims to benefit the environment...
+Volunteering RolesThere are a number of different volunteering roles withindifferent organisations, including but not lim...
+Why Volunteer? For Leisure Free time Social reasons Academic path Personal learning and enrichment To pursue a care...
+Volunteering Statistics In 2008/09 41% of adults volunteered formally (giving unpaid helpthrough a group, club or organi...
+Who Volunteers? Volunteers are involved in a range of sectors. In 2008/09 the most popularsectors for formal volunteers ...
+Volunteering and Employment 87% of employers think that volunteering can have a generallypositive effect on career progr...
+A Volunteer’s Perspective Have you volunteered in a museum/gallery/heritage site?1. Why did you do it?2. What type of jo...
+Benefits of Volunteering - Personal Enhancing study Contributing to a cause Gaining new knowledge, skills and experien...
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Volunteering in your own country part 1

  1. 1. +Part 1Volunteering inyour Country
  2. 2. +Learning Outcomes To understand the opportunities for undertakingvoluntary work in the cultural heritage sector. To identify the motivations and benefits of volunteering To understand the role of volunteers within culturalheritage institutions To understand the relevant policy and legislation culturalinstitutions must take into account when recruitingvolunteers
  3. 3. +What is Volunteering?Any activity that involves spendingtime, unpaid, doing something thataims to benefit the environment orsomeone (individuals or groups)other than, or in addition to, closerelatives.(Volunteering England)
  4. 4. +Volunteering RolesThere are a number of different volunteering roles withindifferent organisations, including but not limited to: Internships Administrative support Customer service Mentoring and Befriending Trustees and governance Volunteer Driving
  5. 5. +Why Volunteer? For Leisure Free time Social reasons Academic path Personal learning and enrichment To pursue a career (e.g. interest in gaining access tomuseums, galleries and heritage sector)
  6. 6. +Volunteering Statistics In 2008/09 41% of adults volunteered formally (giving unpaid helpthrough a group, club or organisation) and 62% volunteeredinformally (giving unpaid help as an individual to someone who is nota relative)(2008/09 DCLG Citizenship Survey). In 2007/08 formal volunteers contributed an estimated £22.7 billionto the UK economy (UK Civil Society Almanac). The average number of hours spent volunteering per volunteerdeclined by 30% between 1997 and 2007 (Helping Out, 2007). Evidence also suggests that there is a trend towards more episodicvolunteering (The UK Civil Society Almanac 2009).(Institute for Volunteering Research: http://www.ivr.org.uk/ivr-volunteering-stats)
  7. 7. +Who Volunteers? Volunteers are involved in a range of sectors. In 2008/09 the most popularsectors for formal volunteers were: sport/exercise (53%), hobbies,recreation/arts/ social clubs (42%). religion (36%), children’seducation/schools (34%), youth children’s activities (outside school) (32%),health, disability and social welfare (25%), local community orneighbourhood groups (24%), the environment, animals (20%) (2008/09DCLG Citizenship Survey). Volunteers carry out a range of activities in their roles. In 2008/09 the mostpopular activities for formal volunteers were: organising or helping to run anevent (55%), raising or handling money/ taking part in sponsored events(52%), leading the group/ member of committee (37%), providing transport/driving (26%), giving information/advice/counselling (24%), visiting people(24%), secretarial, clerical or admin work (23%), befriending or mentoring people(21%) (2008/09 DCLG Citizenship Survey).(Institute for Volunteering Research: http://www.ivr.org.uk/ivr-volunteering-stats )
  8. 8. +Volunteering and Employment 87% of employers think that volunteering can have a generallypositive effect on career progression for people aged 16-25.However, nearly 30% felt that volunteering was irrelevant whenconsidering a particular job application. A further 30% felt thatvolunteering was only relevant if linked directly to the field of work(Youth Volunteering: Attitudes and Perceptions, 2008, v). In 2007/08 over 2 million people in England volunteered through anemployer supported volunteering scheme. A quarter (25%) ofemployees are offered a scheme by their employer, with 43% ofthose offered a scheme taking part at least once in the last year(2008/09 DCLG Citizenship Survey).(Institute for Volunteering Research: http://www.ivr.org.uk/ivr-volunteering-stats )
  9. 9. +A Volunteer’s Perspective Have you volunteered in a museum/gallery/heritage site?1. Why did you do it?2. What type of jobs did you do?3. What did you get out of it?4. Was the experience disappointing in any way?5. Was too much or too little asked of you?6. What contribution did you feel you gave?7. Did you feel appreciated/valued, or unappreciated? How wasthis expressed?8. Did you feel ‘managed’? In what ways?
  10. 10. +Benefits of Volunteering - Personal Enhancing study Contributing to a cause Gaining new knowledge, skills and experience Developing existing skills and knowledge Enhancing a CV Improving employability Meeting new people Using ones professional skills and knowledge to benefit others

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