The Engaged Volunteer Podcast aims to bring together leaders from around the world to learn more about volunteer management. From finding a career managing volunteers, to the challenges, successes and learnings along the way, The Engaged Volunteer shines the spotlight on what it means to be a volunteer and how to be a good volunteer manager.
The Engaged Volunteer Podcast is hosted by Rosterfy’s Co Founder, Shannan Gove with episodes released fortnightly each Wednesday.
Engaging Volunteers through Training with MoonShot's Matt Lynch
That was Matt Lynch, Founder of MoonShot.
Have you ever wondered why some live experiences capture our hearts better than others? Consider places like Disney Land, where a commitment to exceptional service excellence sees them described as the happiest place on earth.
MoonShot works with organizations to engage and train frontline staff and volunteers to live and breathe brand ethos through programs that provide opportunities for upskilling and connections. While you might hear Disney and think - that’s all well and good if you have a huge budget - how does this apply to someone like me? In this episode of the podcast, Matt discusses how organizations of all shapes and sizes (and budgets) can implement simple steps to better engage with their staff and volunteers to ensure a world class experience for volunteers, fans and participants alike.
As the world pivots away from in person training to the digital world, we also discuss the importance of understanding volunteer motivations to accommodate engaging experiences for a diverse range of backgrounds and demographics.
This episode of the podcast was hosted by Shannan Gove.
A City Wide Volunteer Program with Matt Doherty
Meet Matt Doherty, City Volunteer Manager for Greater London Authority.
Having worked alongside some of the world’s largest events including The European Championships, Commonwealth Games, The Australian Open and now the Euros, Matt is no stranger to engaging with volunteers in a large capacity.
In this episode of the podcast we get an in-depth look at Greater London Authority’s legacy project from the 2012 Games - Team London - an incredible example of how cities can engage with their communities through a centralised, city wide volunteer program.
After the success of the London Olympics and a renewed interest in volunteering, the city of London made the sustainable move to invest in a volunteer management program, designed to provide year round opportunities for individuals looking to volunteer. From major events to community volunteering and serving the third sector, Team London has around 15,000 engaged volunteers for the community to utilize.
In this podcast, Matt shares how programs such as Team London have been instrumental in supporting London’s major events like The Euros but also, more importantly, how volunteers were able to be utilized by the NHS at hospitals and vaccination centres during the peak of the pandemic which many cities around the work can relate to.
This episode of the podcast was hosted by Shannan Gove.
The Value of Volunteering with Andy Newman
Meet Andy Newman, Director of Workforce and Operations for Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022.
Working alongside some of the world’s biggest workforce programs including London 2012, Tough Mudder, The Houston Super Bowl and now, Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, Andy draws on his experience to discuss the true value of volunteering. While most organizations focus on the financial contribution volunteers provide, we discuss the more intangible value - experience. In this episode of the podcast we take a closer look at how Tough Mudder built their hugely successful (and sustainable!) volunteer community, with a database of over 125,000 engaged volunteers.
We also discuss how Andy and his team revolutionised the way The Super Bowl utilized volunteers to ensure a lasting legacy within their communities with technology at the forefront.
This episode was hosted by Rosterfy Co Founder, Shannan Gove. To catch full episodes of The Engaged Volunteer Podcast, please follow the link below.
Creating a Globalized Volunteer Community with FIFA's Anne Catherine Ienne
Meet Anne-Catherine, Senior Volunteer Manager worldwide at FIFA.
Having just implemented a global volunteer management program at one of the world's largest sporting federations, Anne Catherine (also known as AC) knows a thing or two about volunteers. In this episode of the podcast, AC takes us behind the scenes, with an in-depth look at FIFA’s global volunteer management program which is using technology to connect their global community of volunteers all via one centralized system.
During this podcast we also discuss how a global volunteer management solution aids the business from an administrator point of view. Allowing local event hosts to access their own volunteer management solution under the FIFA account, FIFAs administrators around the world are now able to provide volunteer service excellence with the resources required to deliver a consistent experience.
This episode was hosted by Rosterfy Co Founder, Shannan Gove. To the full episode, plus additional available episodes, please follow the link below.
Dreaming Big. Connecting Communities Through Community Sport with Jenny Betteridge and Shruti Saujani
For the first episode of this season, we’re thrilled to be joined by Jenny Betteridge, Strategic Lead for Volunteering at Sport England and Shruti Saujani, City Programme and Volunteer Manager at the England and Wales Cricket Board, otherwise known as ECB.
With over 10 million people in the UK choosing to volunteer their time through sport and physical activity last year, this episode of the podcast sees us dive a little deeper into the physical, mental and social benefits of connected communities.
We take a closer look at an inspiring volunteer-led project - Dream Big Desi Women which was created for enthusiastic and passionate individuals who want to make a difference in their community through cricket on and off the field. Jenny and Shruti highlight the importance of creating programmes that are accessible regardless of gender, levels of resources or technology - as well as discussing the significance of a robust volunteer feedback loop, which helps to shape and evolve these programmes to become better for all involved.
We also discuss the impact of the last 12-18 months on volunteering and physical activity, as well as how changes in thinking around connection and personal development through technology is being shared and implemented across sports all over the UK.
This episode of the podcast was hosted by Phillip Gbormittah.
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Adapting to the changing landscape of volunteering with Elena Laguna
Meet Elena Laguna - Head of Volunteering at Oxfam Great Britain.
After a chance opportunity to lead a youth volunteering program in Nicaragua, Elena has firmly cemented a career in helping others, working with some of the UK’s leading charities to manage their volunteer programs.
In this episode of the podcast, Elena discusses the importance of treating your volunteers as individuals (even at the highest level) and how understanding volunteer motivations ensures connection.
We also take a look at the impacts of COVID-19 including the changing landscape of volunteers. With traditional volunteers having been replaced (at least temporarily) by corporates and a younger demographic as a result of furloughs and decreased job opportunities the need to create roles that are more flexible and technologically driven is more important than ever.
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