About Us

It is estimated that there are over 125,000 volunteers involved in the work of hospices in the UK.  In existence for over 25 years, AVSM – the Association of Volunteer Service Managers – is a national membership organisation for anyone managing  volunteers in hospice or palliative care settings. 

Run by members for members, we provide information, training and support to staff in over 120 hospices across the UK.  We maintain an online discussion forum, coordinate a network of regional meetings and hold an annual conference. 

What can AVSM do for me?

  • Entitlement to attend regional meetings and networking provision
  • Membership list and documentation
  • Access to members’ only area of website
  • Subsidised training events
  • Annual conference at membership rates
  • Access to limited bursary fund
  • Full voting rights
  • Entitlement to become a Regional Representative or sit on the Executive Committee.

Our objectives are:

To share, and facilitate the sharing of, experience and information among members and to provide mutual support by establishing and promoting a network (or networks) for communication among Members, whether at a regional or national level
To facilitate, promote and provide (on both a regional and national basis) training, development, information and guidance relating to best practice for members
To be recognised as an association which is a leader in its field in promoting, championing, innovating and developing best practice in the management of volunteers in palliative care
In connection with promoting and developing all aspects of volunteering and the management fo volunteers linked to palliative care, to liaise with, provide guidance and information to, and champion best practice to other professional bodies, regional and national policy makers and other reputable organisations and individuals
To represent and reflect the views of the Members