Dear movement colleagues

I thought you might like to hear about a new WMUK initiative, following on from our recently-completed staff restructure. We are hopeful our local community will react positively to much greater levels of volunteer engagement.

Our initiative might be of interest to other chapters who are trying - as we are - to get away from a perception of not being sufficiently open to community involvement.

Also, we are looking for movement-wide input. If you can provide thoughts, ideas or feedback, do please make contact.

For the full details on wiki see:

Best regards



Michael Maggs

Chair, Wikimedia UK

*From:* Michael Maggs
*Date:* 5 June 2015 14:38
*To:* "" <>
*Subject:* [Wikimediauk-l] Volunteering with Wikimedia UK: a call to action

Volunteering with Wikimedia UK: a call to action

Wikimedia UK needs your help. We want to transform the way we work so that we can bring volunteering right into the heart of the charity.

We plan to:

 * Establish a new volunteer engagement panel
   <> or
   steering group, focusing specifically on volunteering and volunteer
 * Embed members into our day-to-day decision making via a new
   evaluation panel <>
 * Encourage the setting up of volunteer special-interest working
   groups <> to replace the
   existing non-board committees
 * Set up cultural/GLAM
   <> and
   educational outreach
   expert advisory boards to advise the WMUK main board on high-level
 * Change our Articles of Association
   to allow volunteers to be appointed full members of board committees
 * Provide more effective support for volunteers via the new project
   coordinator <>
   staff roles
 * Move toward project-based
   <> working
   practices to improve efficiency and to enable better self-evaluation
   of our work

These draft plans follow on from the excellent feedback we received from our last Volunteer Strategy Gathering <>. They deliberately don't attempt to answer all possible questions about implementation, as we think it best that both further questions and the answers to those questions should come out of collaborative discussions. The plans are not set in stone, and with the community's help they can be improved, strengthened and fleshed out.

We would like your feedback, either online or in person at our next Volunteer Strategy Gathering <> on Saturday 25th July 2015, in London. For more information, see the links on the right.

Feedback, comments and discussion are more than welcome on the discussion page, or you can email if you have feedback you would prefer not to make public.

To read the full details on wiki see here:

Best regards


Michael Maggs

Chair, Wikimedia UK

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