Issue 283

Volunteers in the workplace

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Community members and arts and heritage organisations can all benefit from volunteering if some basic principles are followed. Abigail Kay explains what good practice looks like.

When I glance down a list of volunteering opportunities on websites like Do It or CharityJob, I am always struck by the sheer variety of roles available. Volunteering within the arts and heritage sectors allows both individuals and organisations to benefit from a range of skills development and networking opportunities, with roles from front of house and outreach through to finance and administration.

Mutual and ongoing value, however, can only be delivered when proper investment is...

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