On Wednesday I was back in London to meet Justin Davis-Smith at Volunteering England. This was my first one-to-one meeting with Justin since he succeeded Christopher Spence. We talked about how to promote best practice in volunteering and volunteer management within voluntary arts groups and how to develop volunteering within VAN – identifying a couple of potential projects in these areas which Volunteering England might help us with. We also discussed the idea of discounted membership of Volunteering England for voluntary arts umbrella bodies. I was particularly pleased to find Justin very amenable to considering arts participation as ‘volunteering’ – opening up the possibility of local volunteer centres playing a role in ‘signposting’ people to opportunities to participate in the arts.
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