This page contains resources from CONVESTIVAL 2016 and 2017 including presentations, photographs and videos.


Click on the bullet points to access the handout notes

Action Learning – John Sebastianelli
-  Action Learning Background
-   Action Learning

Citizen Science - Ed Bartlett and Michelle Brown
- BioBlitz
- Citizen Science guide

Unlocking the Science behind Effective Communication
Melissa Fisher-Hawkins (Internal Communications Business Partner)
& Melanie Nursaw (Acquisition Marketing Manager)
- Change comms
- NT Convestival A3
-  QB volunteer comms

Lucy Gower – How to up your innovation impact
- Improv summary
- Mindset for innovation plenary

Experiments with Expert Volunteers: Clare Nestor (Citizens Advice) & Jane Alderson (Girlguiding) 
- Top tips for involving expert volunteers

Science of Influencing:
Abby Cade (People Business Partner) & Denise Edwards (General Manager, Hardwick Hall)
- Science of Influencing

Experiments by Design – Katherine Horsham (Head of Volunteering)
- Experiments by Design – prototype show and tell
Introduction to Human Centred Design

Faster than the Speed of Light: Roshan Gibson (Programme Coordinator, LSE)
& Sue Rhodes (Volunteering Development Manager – Petworth House and Park)
- Faster than the Speed of Light summary
- Speed volunteering evaluation and feedback
- Speed volunteering general inductions
- Speed volunteering registration form

Harnessing expert energy: Tom Dommet (Archaeologist, Wisley Hub) &
John Ingram (Volunteer Trainer, South West)

- 5 top tips for growing specialist volunteering
- Guide to higher-skilled volunteering – by VMs for VMs
- Harnessing Expert Energy – case studies
- Harnessing Expert Energy – group work handout

 Tyntesfield Beyond the Forum Theorem: Liz Jones (People and Learning Team Manager, Tyntesfield)
- Development Groups 2016
- Development Team Terms of Reference
- Process chart

Sharon Collier (Consultant – Collier Consultancy)
- Convestival 2016 – Bounce-back-ability handout

Branching into Communities – Woodland Trust: Matt Larsen Daw
- Building a volunteer army
- Charter Champions Handbook


We were lucky to have the support of our volunteer photographers - Gillian Day, Susan Guy, Dennis Richardson and James Woodcock at Convestival 2016. Photos of the event can be viewed using the links below.

Convestival Photo gallery
This gallery contains photographs from Convestival 2016 which were taken by Gill Day and Dennis Richardson

Calke Abbey photos
Team Leader Gillian Day says these images are taken by members of the photography team at Calke so you can see what a wonderful place this is and come back for a visit. 

Cascade Photo gallery
These photographs are copyright cleared for use by the National Trust.

Video presentations from the Riding School, please contact Katy Bell for the password:

Steven D'Souza

Lucy Gower

Hilary McGrady

Tom Williams


Click on the links below the presenters name to open the files.

Gemma Jones - Green Academies project (GAP).
Community Impact Guide - A day in the life of a Green Academies Ranger
Community impact Guide (A3)
Community impact Guide with example (A3)

Mike Wilkes - Leading for diversity in our volunteer teams.
Convestival notes from sessions on Volunteer Teams Diversity

Naomi Sullivan - Employee Volunteering.
Quick wins for diversity - The stat attack

Annie Reilly & Sarah Holloway - Open up, listen local
Heritage Open Days Convestival handout

Sharon Collier - Standing firm, standing tall
Standing firm, standing tall

Rebecca Fletcher - Volunteering for all at Birmingham Museums Trust
Volunteering for all at Birmingham Museums Trust

Hannah Whitehead & Rachel Hunter - The Innovation Game
Programming planning checklist

Alison Minshall - The personal touch
Supporting Room Guides to make visits meaningful

Tracy-Ann Smith - Participation
External case study: A participatory approach to improve and ‘diversify’ a volunteer programme