In 2019 the annual AVSM Conference took place at the Mercure City Hotel in central Glasgow on the 19th and 20th of November. This unique conference brought together hospice staff from across the country to hear keynote speakers Linda McEnhill, CEO of Ardgowan Hospice and Agnes Fletcher, Equality & Human Rights Consultant & Trainer. Workshops covered a wide range of topics including Diversifying the Volunteer Workforce, Involving Volunteers in Care Roles, Project Management and Safeguarding from hospice volunteer managers with specialist first-hand knowledge of their subject and also speakers from Sense and Volunteer Glasgow. We also heard from a number of presenters in our popular Short Talks sections too, offering a small insight into projects they’ve worked on and wisdom they are keen to share. Between workshops there was the perfect opportunity to network and get advice and help with the projects you’re working on.
“Well organised, great venue and fantastic to meet with such amazing people from across the country. I always enjoy it and learn something to take away.” Peter Nesbitt, St Catherine’s Hospice
“Great conference, well run, fun, thought provoking and engaging” Debbie Usiskin, North London Hospice
“Excellent value for money and great to be part of such a thriving group!” Karen Filsell, St Columba’s Hospice
“Invaluable learning and support whether new in post or very experienced” Elaine King, Wakefield Hospice
“This was my first conference and I found it extremely valuable, not just the session but the networking between sessions and learning best practices and how others have overcome frustrating situations” Melanie Kirkwood, St Raphael’s Hospice