Without help, without permission

A photo of Pride of Princes, an interactive performance
12 Jun 2019

A perpetual, community-led art project is transforming neighbourhoods in Exeter, street by street. JoJo Spinks explains why handing control of commissioning to local people has been crucial to its success.

Improving the volunteer experience

A photo of a volunteer in the research room at The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre
30 May 2019

How can arts organisations best nurture a thriving and committed community of volunteers? Robin Hall shares her experience of gaining accreditation from the Investing in Volunteers standard.

Letter: A candid friend

21 Mar 2019

Art Fund volunteer Jane Crease responds with incredulity to reports that the charity's financial support for its volunteer network can no longer be justified.

Confusion as Art Fund winds down volunteer network

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15 Mar 2019

The charity says the network was not helping it achieve the “best possible return” on investment, and future plans will instead focus on training and development for museum professionals.

New network to support governance best practice

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16 Nov 2018

Arts Council England says that if necessary, it will step in and insist on a change of leadership at its funded clients.

Volunteering less popular than five years ago

A steward at Brighton Pride festival
03 Aug 2018

The rate of volunteering at clubs and organisations has not recovered to the levels last seen in 2013/14, and the percentage of people giving to charity has also fallen over the same period.

Funding concerns plague community arts groups, survey finds

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21 Dec 2017

1,000 people involved in creative groups have revealed why they participate and highlighted the challenges their groups face.

New guide aims to increase compassion in the arts

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20 Dec 2017

Subtle changes could help cultural organisations become more welcoming, attract more visitors and potentially increase donations.

How to… create a successful volunteer programme

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09 Nov 2017

Volunteering in the arts should be an enriching experience, says Cathryn Peach. She shares five tips for designing programmes that motivate, empower and inspire volunteers.

Volunteering for the 21st century

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09 Nov 2017

New technology and a growing interest from young people has led to a boom in ‘micro-volunteering’ in the arts. Claire Sully explains how it’s helping some organisations engage audiences and save money. 

A role for every volunteer

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09 Nov 2017

Arts organisations in Wales are becoming more imaginative with the types of volunteer opportunities they offer, from online volunteering to time-banking schemes, reveals Gareth Coles.

A winning formula for amateur theatre

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09 Nov 2017

For an amateur theatre company to be financially stable and well supported it needs the right volunteers in key roles, as well as an awareness of when to call in the experts, says Clare Simpson.

The carnival lives on

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02 Feb 2017

The first Mossley Light Festival may have transformed the northern town for just one night, but the change in the community will be much more long term. Leon Patel explains how it empowered local people. 

The magic of rural touring

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15 Dec 2016

Volunteer promoter Tom Speight writes about the joys of hosting professional performing arts right on his doorstep as part of a rural touring scheme.

Leaders for change

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03 Nov 2016

Claire Antrobus reveals how volunteers, trustees and staff at Ripon Museum Trust have developed their leadership and coaching skills, resulting in greater organisational resilience, better internal communication and clearer roles.

Digital volunteering

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12 May 2016

Providing opportunities to volunteer online is helping Birmingham’s museums to engage with more and more people. Rebecca Fletcher explains how they do it.

The lifeblood of the company

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07 May 2015

How can arts companies, low on budget and short on time, refuse the offer of free labour? Cathryn Peach tells how her company welcomes volunteers but tries to give them something back.

A huge part of the story

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16 Apr 2015

London Bubble offers a wide variety of volunteering opportunities, but it’s not just about one-off opportunities, explains Lucy Bradshaw – they’re in it for the long haul.

Talking with confidence

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16 Apr 2015

A recent visual arts and museums project offered volunteers training to enable them to talk more knowledgably and confidently to visitors, says Carolyn Black.

A loyal following

Photo of volunteer at the Manchester Day parade
16 Apr 2015

With such a large number of volunteers working on the Manchester Day celebrations year after year, Liz Pugh gives some advice on how to build a team of loyal volunteers.

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