Of course you don't need to be a member to volunteer with us or to be part of this or any other consultation. There are only a very few things that are restricted to members or that need member support, for example borrowing our equipment and handling the charity's money.


Fæ <mailto:fae...@gmail.com>
5 June 2015 15:22
Do you have to be a paid up member of the charity to be part of the
consultation or the envisaged interest groups?

As last year you changed the charity policies to limit all equipment
to paid members only, which caused WM-LGBT+ a pointless degree of
hassle to even borrowing a projector, I presume that the same policy
of exclusivity would apply.

Previous Chairman of Wikimedia UK, uniquely excluded from membership
of the UK charity or elections.

Michael Maggs <mailto:mich...@maggs.name>
5 June 2015 15:14

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: https://wikimedia.org.uk/wiki/Volunteer_strategy_consultation_2015

Best regards



Michael Maggs

Chair, Wikimedia UK

*From:* Michael Maggs
*Date:* 5 June 2015 14:38
*To:* "wikimediau...@lists.wikimedia.org" <wikimediau...@lists.wikimedia.org> *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
    <https://wikimedia.org.uk/wiki/Volunteer_engagement_panel> or
    steering group, focusing specifically on volunteering and
    volunteer engagement
  * Embed members into our day-to-day decision making via a new
    evaluation panel <https://wikimedia.org.uk/wiki/Evaluation_panel>
  * Encourage the setting up of volunteer special-interest working
    groups <https://wikimedia.org.uk/wiki/Working_groups> to replace
    the existing non-board committees
  * Set up cultural/GLAM
    and educational outreach
    <https://wikimedia.org.uk/wiki/Educational_outreach_advisory_board> expert
    advisory boards to advise the WMUK main board on high-level strategy
  * 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 <https://wikimedia.org.uk/wiki/Project_Coordinator>
    staff roles
  * Move toward project-based
    <https://wikimedia.org.uk/wiki/Project-based_working> 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 <https://wikimedia.org.uk/wiki/Volunteer_Strategy_Gathering/July_2015>. 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 <https://wikimedia.org.uk/wiki/Volunteer_Strategy_Gathering/July_2015> 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 chairatwikimedia.org.uk if you have feedback you would prefer not to make public.

To read the full details on wiki see here: https://wikimedia.org.uk/wiki/Volunteer_strategy_consultation_2015

Best regards


Michael Maggs

Chair, Wikimedia UK

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