Cultural Playing Field


Milton Keynes Arts & Heritage Alliance meeting by Robin Simpson
September 7, 2011, 2:35 pm
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I was at Milton Keynes Museum on Wednesday to speak at a meeting of the Milton Keynes Arts & Heritage Alliance. The Alliance is a group of 26 arts and heritage organisations in Milton Keynes, including The Stables, Milton Keynes Gallery and Bletchley Park as well as representatives of small voluntary arts organisations. I had been invited to speak about ‘The Big Society – making the best of the voluntary contribution’ but we agreed to focus more specifically on the use of volunteers in arts and heritage organisations. All the organisations represented at the meeting use volunteers and many said they had concerns about recruiting, motivating and retaining volunteers. I spoke about the Volunteering in the Arts meeting I had organised at Arts Council England in November last year which had concluded that, while many arts organisations make significant use of volunteers, few have any connection with volunteering infrastructure organisations. The members of the Milton Keynes Arts & Heritage Alliance clearly recognised this general description of volunteering in arts organisations. About one third of those present were familiar with do-it.org.uk. Slightly fewer knew about the Investing in Volunteers standard and only one person had heard of the Association of Volunteer Managers. We had an interesting and wide-ranging discussion about volunteering best practice, regulations, policy and legal issues. I finished by recommending the following sources of information and support:

Robin Simpson.

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