This Volunteering further resources guide has been produced by our Sustainable Volunteering Officer, Eleanor, to provide links, recommendations and further reading to support volunteers and volunteer managers in museums.

If you have any questions about our Volunteering resources or cannot find something specific you are looking for, then please get in touch.

Guide:  Further Resources for Volunteer Management

Support Organisations

The following networks, organisations and websites provide essential information to support Volunteer Managers.

The South West Museum Volunteering Forum is run by South West Museum

Development as a community of practice for those with volunteer involvement as a key

part of their role.

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations offers support, consultancy and

opportunities on a range of topics. Membership is free for charities with Annual Income

less than £30,000.

This is the NCVO information  and resource bank, providing information on all aspects of

volunteer management.

Do-It is an online database where museums can register and advertise volunteering

opportunities for free and connect with potential volunteers.

Volunteers Week is an annual celebration of volunteering activity each June, celebrated

online as well as celebration events around the country.

The AVM is an independent membership body that supports, represents and champions

people in volunteer management in the UK.


Use these toolkits to develop best practice in volunteer management, with case studies, templates and guides you can adapt and put into practice in your own museum

    Rutland County Council 2015 (hosted by the East Midlands Museum Development).

    This toolkit was produced as part of ‘Accessing Rutland’s Museums’ in 2015, advocating

for good practice in the recruitment, management and engagement of volunteers. This

complements the Renaissance East Midlands Volunteers E-book below.

    MLA Renaissance East Midlands 2011 (hosted by the Collections Trust website).

Along with the Toolkit above, this is a great case study of the East Midlands Flagship

programme from 2010/11 which focused on increasing volunteer numbers, diversifying

volunteer and embracing better volunteer management.

Voluntary Arts 2016

    This toolkit supports small and medium-sized organisations to improve the support they

offer volunteers, including volunteer management checklists, case studies and guidance.

    IWM North and Manchester Museum 2016

This guide was developed as part of a volunteering, training and placement programme

across 10 heritage venues in Greater Manchester. It provides guidance on setting up and

delivering socially engaged volunteer programmes.

Volunteer Centre Finder

NCVO has a network of accredited Volunteer Centres that spans the country.

These provide support to potential volunteers and organisations working with volunteers.

Search for your nearest centre on their website

Blogs and News

We recommend following these blogs and signing up to their newsletters or blogs, to keep you up to date with the latest news, opportunities and discussion.

  • South West Museum Development

See our website and sign up to our newsletter to keep up to date with South West

Museum Development. We regularly share news, stories and case studies to keep

subscribers up to date on our activity across the South West.

  • Third Sector

This specialist website has an archive of news articles and discussion, specifically about

volunteer recruitment & management, volunteer rights and the role of volunteers.

  • Rob Jackson Consulting

Read volunteering consultant Rob’s blog on volunteering and  volunteer management.

  • NCVO

Read all the latest news on the National Council for Voluntary Organisations website –

including monthly roundups on volunteering and discussion on all aspects of volunteer


  • Association of Volunteer Managers

The Association of Volunteer Managers have an archive of volunteer management

specific blogs and campaigns on their website.

Access the resource below: