Sometimes it feels that we surround ourselves with policies and they bear little impact on the day-to-day management of our volunteers. This one-day course will explore exactly what policies you need. You’ll be able to explain the rationale for the various policies and explain their function. We’ll explore policies currently in use and review their impact.
Volunteers play a key role in making festivals and events a success. They can fulfil a range of roles: managing your social media, welcoming your guests, finding sponsors or capturing video footage of your event allowing you to promote the work you do. This course has been designed to support you to develop the skills and knowledge to effectively recruit, manage and make the most of event volunteering.
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Just how representative is your volunteer programme of today’s society and cultures? Volunteer Involving Organisations are now collecting data and monitoring their volunteer programmes for a variety of reasons including; planning, reporting, income generation, equality and diversity, and meeting quality standards such as Investing in Volunteers. In this workshop we will look at gathering, storing and utilising the data to make your volunteer programme the best it can be.
Developing an effective and positive volunteer culture can have real benefits for your organisation and this course helps will help you plot out the practical steps you need to take to create one. At the end of the training session you’ll be able to engage, empower and influence others to get support throughout your volunteer involving organisation.
Interviewing candidates for volunteer roles is imperative to ensure you are selecting the most qualified person. A key outcome of conducting an interview is the acceptance and agreement of the volunteer applicant and the prospective volunteer manager. Without this significant screening step, many misplaced or inappropriate volunteers begin to volunteer with the organisation. In this session we’ll look at how to manage the interview process and give you the skills required for effective interviewing.
International Volunteer Managers Day (IVM Day) is celebrated globally on November 5 each year. The day is put aside to allow volunteer managers a chance to reflect on and celebrate the critical work they do, and more importantly, it allows an opportunity for them to educate others about the significant role they play in mobilizing the often complex resources volunteers bring with them.
Mission / Statement of Values
We celebrate the profession of volunteer leadership because:
- Volunteer Managers have the skills and knowledge to help people be part of the solution in meeting community needs. Even in cynical times, they practice the art of the possible.
- Volunteer Managers change lives — both the lives of volunteers themselves and of those served by well-led volunteers. It is a life-changing profession. Volunteer managers provide the leadership and direction that allows people to build a good and just society and to mend the social fabric. Without professional leadership, people’s time, talents and efforts could be wasted.
- A well-run volunteer program shows the community, including potential donors, that the organization is not afraid of public scrutiny and involvement and endeavors to make the most efficient use of monetary assets.
- Well-led volunteers become an advocacy and public relations force for an agency or program — a force no amount of money could buy.
2017 Theme – Be The Voice
Join our IVMDay 2017 campaign! Make your pledge to “Be The Voice!” for volunteer managers and demonstrate how we are agents and advocates of change for volunteers and volunteering. IVMDay Chairperson, Andy Fryar, kicking off the campaign Look who’s make a pledge to “Be The Voice!”: Make your personal pledge: Make your organizational pledge: Make your sector pledge: Please feel free to post your pledge via the ‘Get in Touch’ box below, or email your photos to email@example.com
Get Resources for International Volunteer Managers Day from the IVMD web site.
Suggesting that an organisation initiates performance reviews of volunteers is often met with resistance. A growing number of Volunteer Managers are countering these perceptions, choosing instead to see mutual performance review as a reflection of the importance of volunteers in an organisation.
Screening doesn’t begin and end with Garda Vetting. Screening continues throughout your engagement of the volunteer. This session will explore the various methods of screening volunteers. You will gain an understanding of what screening is and identify which screening tools best suit specific volunteer roles in your organisation.
International Volunteer Day (IVD) December 5th is an international observance designated by the United Nations since 1985. It offers an opportunity for volunteer organisations and individual volunteers to make their contributions visible – at local, national and international levels – to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Apart from mobilising thousands of volunteers every year, the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme works closely with partners and governments to establish national volunteer programmes to create structures that foster and sustain local volunteerism in countries. Through the Online Volunteering service volunteers can take action for sustainable human development by supporting the activities of development organisations over the Internet.
The International Volunteer Day (IVD) mandated by the UN General Assembly, is held each year on 5 December. It is viewed as a unique chance for volunteers and organizations to celebrate their efforts, to share their values, and to promote their work among their communities, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), United Nations agencies, government authorities and the private sector.
Apart from mobilising thousands of volunteers every year, the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme contributes to peace and development by advocating for the recognition of volunteers and working with partners to integrate volunteerism into development programming.
Through the Online Volunteering service, volunteers can take action for sustainable human development by supporting the activities of development organizations over the Internet. Every day thousands of people are volunteering, online or on-site, contributing to peace and development, working to achieve the MDGs and engaging people to shape the sustainable development agenda.
Volunteers who are well supported from the start are happy volunteers and happy volunteers are more likely to make a difference. Support and supervision is a key element of the volunteer management cycle and when good procedures are in place volunteer retention is higher. This full day workshop is useful for any organisation that is interested in improving methods that help to retain volunteers and encourage good performance.