Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage is extensively experienced with leading volunteering projects and managing and supporting volunteers. We organise, manage, coordinate, and develop volunteer training in the museum, heritage and cultural sectors. We do this both through our own projects and for clients too. Through ongoing organisational development, we have an in-depth understanding of the culture and operations of the voluntary sector and the challenges within this.
Having managed diverse projects over the last decade with colleagues, freelancers, and volunteers, we enjoy motivating, recruiting and supporting volunteers and the varied responsibilities involved with this. All of our projects have involved a significant amount of support for and engagement with volunteers. Through our collaborative projects, we have managed volunteers for the NHS, Fabrica, and Brighton Dome/Brighton Festival.
To manage our volunteers effectively, we have developed systems of database development for both volunteer and partnership information storage. It is essential to catalogue this information, for project development and for confidentiality. We utilise management software to support tasks relating to project management and liaising with volunteers and stakeholders for clarity and good delivery.
We comply with relevant legislation and best practice for engaging with volunteer led projects, ensuring good working practices are employed at all times, particularly in interactions with vulnerable adults, and in compliance with health and safety policies and procedures. This involves setting up DBS clearance, new volunteer engagement meetings and regular group volunteer sessions to ensure clarity and support on an ongoing basis.
We have up to date health and safety and volunteer policies and checklists for Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage to use in each new volunteering agreement, as well as ensuring that safeguarding policies and checklists are assessed on a case by case basis.
If you are interested in finding out more about how we can help support your work and activities, drop us a line through our Contact section.
We were delighted to work with Strike a Light- Arts & Heritage on our Volunteer Oral History training programme for Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival. Strike a Light delivered effective and engaging sessions for our team of volunteers, and brought a creative and professional approach to the ‘I Was There’ project.Catherine Gill, Brighton Dome/Brighton Festival
Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage delivered oral history training of volunteers so that we could collect 30 oral histories, as part of the Our Hospital Our History project for Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals Trust. Strike a Light effectively rescued a failing project , and worked flexibly, effectively and creatively to ensure a great outcome.
The interviews are now going to be preserved on an accessible public portal in the main entrance of the new hospital, useable by current and future generations. We were really happy with the professional, creative and polished delivery of programme outcomes as well as the training and engagement which formed a key part of the event. Nicola Benge was key to the success of this project, is calm, unflappable and a great person to work with.Dr Anna Barnes, Associate Director of Governance, Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals, NHS