Cultural Playing Field

Volunteering in the Arts Forum by Robin Simpson
December 9, 2011, 11:28 am
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On Monday I was in Newcastle to chair our Volunteering in the Arts Forum meeting at Arts Council England. This was the culmination of our pilot Volunteering in the Arts project, funded by ACE. The intention of the project was to explore the needs of arts organisations who use volunteers and to encourage them to make better use of the mainstream volunteering agencies. We have been looking both at voluntary arts groups and at professional arts organisations who use volunteers. On Monday representatives of around 30 arts organisations joined us to hear a summary of our findings to date from Laraine Winning. Dan Sumners from Volunteering England gave us an overview of the national picture of volunteering and Victoria Potts from Volunteer Centre, Newcastle, gave us the local view and explained what support is available from volunteer centres. There were then group discussions on general volunteering issues and a workshop on the draft Volunteering in the Arts toolkit we have been developing with Volunteering England. It was an interesting and enthusiastic meeting which reinforced the need for greater support for volunteering within arts organisations. Congratulations to Laraine and Sarah for all their work on the Volunteering in the Arts project.

Robin Simpson.

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