Volunteer Conference Wednesday 12th September 2018 / What can Sports Volunteering learn from the wider voluntary sector?

This year’s theme ‘What can sports volunteering learn from the wider voluntary sector’ will explore a range of topics with a prestigious line-up of speakers and a number of activities, stalls and interactive workshops.

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TeamKinetic's 4th Annual Volunteering Conference 2018 in Partnership with GreaterSport and Manchester Metropolitan University

This year’s theme ‘What can sports volunteering learn from the wider voluntary sector’ will explore a range of topics with a prestigious line-up of speakers and a number of activities, stalls and interactive workshops.

There will be a mix of papers, panel discussions and workshops, which will enable academics, policymaker and practitioners to come together to explore best practice and insights in the wider voluntary sector. The conference will provide an opportunity for delegates to network with sports industry experts and other colleagues from across the health and education sectors.

Confirmed Speakers

  • Denise Larrad – BBC Sports Personality 2017 - Unsung Hero Award Winner
  • Kristen Stephenson – Head of Volunteering, Sport England
  • Crewenna Dymond – Head of Volunteering and Youth Impact – YHA England and Wales
  • Mike Howlett, Volunteer & Citizenship Lead - Sefton Volunteer Centre
  • Claire Jones, Head of Volunteering - Halton and St Helens Volunteer Centre
  • Chris Martin – TeamKinetic
  • Will Watt – Jump Projects
  • Fiona Liddell - Volunteering Development Manager – Welsh Council Voluntary Action (WCVA)
  • Laura Hamilton – Volunteer Management Consultant – Laura Hamilton Consulting
  • ...and more TBC

Wednesday 12th September


Venue: Manchester Metropolitan University, All Saints Campus, Business School

Confirmed Speakers

Opening speaker

Denise Larrad - BBC Sports Personality 2017 Unsung Hero award winner

Volunteer Denise Larrad has been named the BBC Get Inspired Unsung Hero award winner at the Sports Personality of the Year 2017 ceremony.

A mother of two, 56-year-old Denise Larrad was selected to be a torchbearer for the Olympic Torch Relay at the 2012 Games. She was selected for her outstanding contribution to fundraising work by Asda, her employer. After being chosen to carry the Torch for the Games Denise had one sole aim - to get the people of Hinckley, Leicestershire, active.

Despite working night shifts in a warehouse, she finds time to help lead walking, orienteering, running and general fitness classes for children, families and the elderly. With a host of different activities and exercises sessions, Denise motivates and nurtures participants to be more active.

She is a trained walk leader, putting on weekly sessions for the elderly on behalf of the charity Age UK and also organises orienteering courses across the borough in town parks, woodlands and schools.

Title: Understanding what motivates volunteers?

In this talk, Denise is going to share her experiences and motivators which led to her becoming such an inspirational volunteer, with an emphasis on how you can emulate the same in your own volunteers.

Keynote 1

Kristen Stephenson - Head of Volunteering at Sport England

Kristen has recently joined Sport England as Head of Volunteering and leads on managing the 32 projects across their Volunteering Funds and supporting the delivery of the strategy ‘Volunteering in an Active Nation’. These funded projects are focused on getting young people involved in making a difference through social action, sport and physical activity and creating opportunities to get people from economically disadvantaged areas involved in volunteering.

Kristen’s previous role was with the National Council of Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) where she led the work on volunteering ranging from policy work to influence decision making in government and writing practical resources on volunteer management.

She has experience of working with a diverse range of organisations to develop their approach to volunteering including charities big and small, the police, museums, galleries and the NHS.

Title: Volunteering in an Active Nation: How cross-sector collaboration can unlock the potential of volunteering in sport and physical activity

Kristen’s presentation will look at the important role cross-sector partnerships and collaboration will be to delivering Sport England’s volunteering strategy. She will draw on her experience in volunteering development in the voluntary sector and her current work at Sport England to explore what opportunities there are for volunteer managers in sport to learn from the voluntary sector and provide some interesting examples of how the two sectors are already working together to develop volunteering at a national and local level.

Laura Hamilton - Seven steps to successful volunteer engagement

In a rapidly changing world, how can we ensure that our volunteer programmes stay attractive, relevant and rewarding?

This workshop will explore:

  • The latest trends in volunteering
  • New approaches and perspectives on volunteer engagement
  • Working with volunteers of different ages
  • How to build great relationships with your volunteers

Laura is a consultant specialising in volunteer involvement and volunteer management, with over 17 years’ experience in the field. She has worked in both volunteer infrastructure and volunteer involving organisations and is passionate about growing and developing successful volunteer programmes.

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