Budget: A maximum budget of £13,000 is available
Contract Period: July 2021 – Monday 31st January 2022
Deadline for submissions – 5pm, Friday 11th June 2021
This project has arisen due to the dual challenges of a longer-term shifting volunteering workforce in the heritage sector, and the particular strains of the last 12 months due to the pandemic. Through the Museum Development (MD) Annual Museums Survey results and, localised surveying through regional teams, and the results of the Spotlight survey in Wales, a clear need has emerged to support organisations to review their operating models to ensure volunteering is sustainable and responsive to the museums needs and the communities they serve. This challenge is particularly acute in smaller museums, those without a dedicated volunteer management post and those with no paid staff.
These issues are not localised to a certain nation or region but are replicated across all areas as shown by national trends. Therefore, for the first time several museum development areas in England and also Wales have come together to form a programme consortium to collaborate on a development programme to ensure maximum reach, but also to support museums across areas and bring them together to find creative solutions and a way forward at this critical time.
This programme is being run by a consortium of MD areas. These are Wales, North West, North East, East Midlands, and West Midlands. The North West will be managing the contract and the programme consortium will each have a lead contact responsible for their national or regional specific activity.
To support participating museums to review their volunteering strategy and explore new ways to embed sustainable volunteer development practice tailored to individual organisational needs.
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