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

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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.

Respect and reward

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16 Apr 2015

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.

In the spirit of London 2012

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16 Apr 2015

Volunteers are now at the heart of a national programme to improve wellbeing and social cohesion, says Penny East.

Workers pay the price of austerity

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19 Dec 2014

Interns, apprentices and volunteers are taking the place of permanent paid staff in the arts sector, which is also seeing a move away from contracts of employment towards freelance working.

Arts organisations increasingly rely on volunteers

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17 Dec 2014

The latest data reveals a shift in both employment practices and audience patterns among Arts Council of Wales’ Revenue Funded Organisations.

Young people, good practice and the law

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24 Nov 2014

Eleanor Deem gives some guidance on managing young people in both volunteer and paid roles.

Active sponsorship

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02 Jun 2014

Northern Trust’s employees are actively involved in a community partnership with the RPO, says Naomi Venn.

A well grounded community

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26 Mar 2014

How does a tiny Georgian theatre survive in a working class town? Esther Harris talks to Richard Stride, owner of the Groundlings Theatre in Old Portsmouth.

Museum services suffer as unpaid volunteers and interns replace staff

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01 Oct 2013

Funding cuts have forced museums and galleries to employ more unpaid volunteers and reduce the numbers of museum professionals, affecting education and outreach programmes.

Inspired to continue

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09 Sep 2013

To replace events previously run by Lincoln City Council, former member of the arts team Sara Bullimore founded the Lincoln Inspired festival. She tells the story so far.

Creating the big society

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11 Apr 2013

Sarah Stannage asks whether we can be confident that individuals and communities will step forward to support the development of local creative economies.

Closing the gap

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11 Apr 2013

Kirsten Bodley believes that creativity is crucial to scientific and technical innovation, and in turn technical skills have a huge role to play in artistic progress.

Cheery smiles

12 Nov 2012

The Ironbridge Gorge Museums Trust uses 450 regular volunteers in various roles from demonstrating crafts to litter-picking. Lucy Andrews Manion describes how she keeps them all happy.

Digital interaction

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12 Nov 2012

Clayton Shaw describes how a volunteering project in digital technology appealed to young people in Birmingham.

Dedicated teamwork

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12 Nov 2012

Paul Richards recalls how a dedicated team of volunteers, including performers, created UpRise, London’s anti-racism festival, after the demise of its predecessor.

Design and build

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12 Nov 2012

Andrew Lock describes two architectural projects at the Southbank Centre that reveal the benefits of participation by users in the development of public spaces.


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