PNE Development Celebrates Volunteers’ Week

Volunteers Week

An incredible 13.8m of people are contributing their time every month to volunteer for a cause they think is important, with an additional 7.8m giving a helping hand at least once a year¹.

The support of volunteers, who come from all walks of life, is an invaluable resource for some of our communities most important services – tackling diverse social issues such as homelessness, elderly care and LGBT rights, as well as enhancing our most positive experiences, from museums and the arts to maintaining areas of natural beauty.

This week, to celebrate the contribution of millions of volunteers across the country, PNE Development are taking part in Volunteers’ Week, sharing the stories of the volunteers they have worked with and offering some expert guidance for those looking to take a step towards volunteering.

PNE Development was one of the first learning centres in the UK to offer Management of Volunteers qualifications a service they continue to provide. As part of Volunteers’ Week they are sharing the experiences of some of their most recent success stories, demonstrating how the tailored qualification not only supports volunteer managers in their own professional development but also helped them develop crack volunteer teams!


Among the beautiful rolling fields of England’s largest National Park, the Lake District, Tim Duckmanton is tasked with coordinating a volunteer team serving over half a million acres and 17.3m tourists. In their latest case study explore Tim’s work and find out how his learning supported him to cultivate a team of volunteers that keep the Cumbrian countryside safe and enjoyable for everyone.

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Thinking about becoming a volunteer? Our expert Management of Volunteer assessors share their insight into making the idea a reality! Reaching out isn’t as intimidating as you might think and this step-by-step guide will support you every step of the way.

Become a volunteer in 5 steps >

Coordinating volunteers at the most visited science and technology museum in Europe is not a challenge for the fainthearted. Overseeing a volunteering team of 185 to serve the Science Museum’s 3.5m visitors, Nicola Deeprose took the challenge head on, seeking some additional support from a Management of Volunteers qualification. This is her story.

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“I wanted to volunteer for this service as I have a passion for good quality adult education and also for getting businesses and the educational community to work together ensuring learners have a better chance of employment when they finish their studies.” PNE Enterprise Programme Manager Melissa Middleton shares what motivates her volunteering at Newcastle City Learning.

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After working in the voluntary sector for over ten years, Sally Munday-Webb decided to seek the challenges of higher education in order to progress her career further. With responsibility for the volunteering strategy of The Science Museum, London, The Science Museum, Wroughton and Blythe House, Sally’s qualification did more than just support her role, opening up a whole new career path.

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