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Profession makes progress on volunteer engagement

Volunteer engagement manager Debbie Atkins describes the work that the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries has begun to enhance the volunteering experience for members.


Acting on feedback from members and employers for more information and detail on volunteering generally, we are seeking to take small steps to enhance the information that is currently available.

Working together, key volunteers and members of the executive staff are looking at the kind of changes we could undertake that would make a difference; avoiding “volunteering overload” for some members; and creating a sustainable resource for the future.

Our volunteers are the lifeblood of our Profession and we want to build on what is good and enhance the opportunities that are available. We are keen to expand those opportunities to highlight the benefits to employers and to include more ways in which we can involve our international members, our students and members who are at a distance from London or central Scotland.

Our aim is to make the experience more rewarding and enjoyable experience for our volunteers and to look at ways of enhancing the working relationship between volunteers and the executive staff working with them.

As part of this process, we want to ensure that we:
- Thank all of our active volunteers for their support.
- Create a directory of all the volunteer opportunities that are fulfilled throughout the year.
- Give clarity to task and time commitment.
- Promote ways in which members can get involved.

A lot of work remains to be done and you will be hearing more about this in the coming months. This will be an evolving, two-way process. As ever, we are keen to hear your ideas.

If you would like to share your thoughts, please contact Debbie Atkins or any of the team noted below on (+44) 131 240 1803 or [email protected]

Memoria Lewis – interim director, membership support

Debbie Atkins – volunteer engagement manager

Amanda Davey – head of events and sponsorship

Jill Chipchase – practices manager