Walk this way: diversity in volunteering

Date and time: Monday 14 January 2019, 9.30 - 16.00

Location: Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL

Cost: Thanks to sponsorship by Jump, Sport England, National Trust and Cancer Research UK this is a free event. Places are limited you can register here to secure a ticket.

Why most of what we think is wrong and what leaders need to do about it

This event, aimed specifically at chief executives and heads of volunteering, shares the results of two recent research projects exploring different aspects of diversity in volunteering. Our aim is to present an open, energetic and engaging forum for an exchange of relevant information and views.

Led by an expert in equality, diversity and inclusion the day is an opportunity to explore the implications of the research in your own organisation, focusing on the role of leaders as well as operational practice. The research offers actionable insights for organisations and the volunteering sector and the day will focus on shifting from talking to walking.

Research Project One: Leadership and current volunteers – the missing pieces in the EDI jigsaw

Most work on diversity in volunteering focuses on how to attract new, more diverse volunteers. 

Drawing on research among 12 national charities and carried out by Dr Helen Timbrell, this work instead offers insights into the extent to which current volunteers can be perceived as enablers or barriers of achieving greater diversity. It also reveals the lack of confidence in Executive Teams and Trustees to effectively lead for equality, diversity and inclusion.

Research Project Two: The ABC of BAME

This is new mixed method research carried out by Jump, Breakthrough Media, Leeds Beckett University and sponsored by Sport England, the National Trust, Cancer Research UK and BT. 

The work is the result of exhaustive analysis of the UK data sets on volunteering (Understanding Society, Taking Part, Community Life) and qualitative research into the groups least likely to volunteer. 

The research shows, for the first time, differences in the B, A and ME of volunteering and the importance of intersectionality in work on diversity, particularly consideration of lower socio-economic status. 

The research offers new insights into levels of volunteering, motivations for volunteering and the impact of volunteering for different groups.

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Please use the hashtag #AVMDiversity to involve others in this event