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Volunteers in Learning & Public Engagement

This Surrey, East & West Sussex Museum Development funded opportunity continues with our aim to support museums to develop sustainable practices in volunteer management. This new programme gives museums 2 days of bespoke on site training to up-skill volunteers & volunteer managers who have a responsibility to deliver or contribute to learning sessions and who engage with the public more generally.

The programme will directly assist up to 3 museums between January and March 2017. The MDO Project Manager has already contracted two specialist consultant trainers in learning practices & volunteer management and leadership to work individually with participants in order to tailor elements of the training days. Each museum beneficiary will have 1 day with a learning trainer and 1 day with a volunteer management & leadership trainer. Each day will be split in half, so volunteers can attend a half day and those that manage or coordinate volunteers can come to the other half.

This programme aims to provide museums with an opportunity to highlight and review key competencies, and discuss pertinent challenges in their organisation and management of volunteers working in learning & public engagement. The benefits for your museum volunteers attending such days could include; improved sector knowledge; best practice ‘dos and don’ts, why’s and how’; peer to peer reflection; increased confidence and team building.

An application to this programme would be a great investment by the museum and may also lead on to greater changes such as; team reviews; learning programme redesign; policy planning and recruitment roles.

If you are interested in applying please send an Expression of Interest email titled ‘SEWS Learning Volunteers EOI’ to by Friday 9th DECEMBER 6pm.

Only Accredited or working towards Accreditation organisations may apply.

*Please note after an eligible EOI has been received, a short application form will be sent to you. Applications will be assessed by helen derbyshire and the consultants against a matrix to determine who the support will go to, and museums will be told the outcome by Monday 19th December.


If you are not successful this time, there may be an opportunity to reapply in the following financial year, as if the project has high EOI demand and produces good evaluation feedback we may decide to role the programme out again in 2017-18.