Sunday, 9 February 2014

Volunteering Impacts Conference

Volunteering Impacts Conference

The Conservation Volunteers

Thursday, 27 March 2014 from 12:30 to 16:00 (GMT)

Waterlow Gardens, Highgate, London, United Kingdom

  Tickets:- Eventbrite

TCV has long championed the wider impacts of conservation volunteering, for example linking to community development, regeneration and more recently health.
However, while it is relatively straight forward to record the conservation output of what a volunteer achieves in terms of objective results such as the number of trees planted, it is much harder to measure other benefits to people and communities such as improvements in environmental behaviours, health and wellbeing.

The conference aims to fill this gap of knowledge and launch an independently commissioned report from Resources for Change to present the findings from TCV's Green Impacts project on the impacts of volunteering on pro-environmental behaviours, community resilience, and TCV’s work to monitor health, wellbeing and the wider social impacts of volunteering. 

This exciting event will be running in parallel with a large volunteering impact event in the park.

Who is it for? Professionals working in the third sector, academics, experts in sustainability and volunteering, community groups, volunteers, policy makers and concerned citizens.
The main topics 
  • The Impacts of Volunteering on Pro-environmental Behaviours;
  • The Impacts of Volunteering on Well-being;
  • Community Resilience;
  • Next steps for Impact Measurement and Mapping.
11.00 (optional) Volunteering Activities in the Park
12.30 Lunch and registration
13.00 Opening address - Rita Clifton, TCV Chair
13.05 3 min Film “What does Volunteering mean to me?”
13.10 Key note address –Nick Hurd MP (TBC)
          The need for and benefits of measuring the impacts of volunteering in the UK
13.30 Launch of the Green Impacts report + Question Time Panel
  • Pro- environmental Behaviours – Roberta Antonaci, TCV 
  • Community Resilience  Mike King, Resources for Change 
  • Well-being  Valentine Seymour, PhD Candidate, CEGE (UCL)
14.30 A Case Study: The Penge Green Gym
14.35 Break and refreshments
14.50 Green Impacts Volunteer Award presentation
15.00 Meeting the challenges of measuring volunteering impact – discussion to
           identify the gaps in knowledge and how they might best be filled.
15.30 Future Developments: Impact Mapping - How can we map the positive impact
          of volunteering, Prof Muki Haklay– CEGE (UCL)  --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
16.00 End of the event

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