Measuring the impact of volunteering activities is increasingly important as the demand for organisations to evidence impact and outcomes becomes greater.
The Volunteer Impact Assessment Toolkit (VIAT) provides information and customisable tools, which organisations of all sizes can use to measure the impact of volunteering and therefore evidence what is being achieved. This course will guide people through the Toolkit handbook. Exercises and group discussion will be used to guide participants through the different stages of conducting an impact assessment and to start planning their own assessment.
The price of this course includes a hard copy of the toolkit and access to the VIAT web portal. Course price includes a hard copy of the toolkit and access to online tools.
Trainer: Stuart Garland
We are delighted to announce that Galway City who will host the European Volunteer Centre (CEV) Capacity Building Conference LEVEL: Large Events: Volunteering, Empowerment and Learning on Wednesday 22 to Friday 24 April 2020 in the Institute for Lifecourse and Society at the National University of Ireland, Galway.
The event is organised by the European Volunteer Centre in conjunction with Volunteer Ireland, Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture, NUI Galway and Galway Volunteer Centre. Tickets will be available shortly. Be the first to get updates when you join our mailing list.
On Wednesday 22 April 2020 the Volunteer Ireland National Volunteer Management Conference takes place in the same venue (Further details).
The Capacity Building conference will explore how volunteers in large events can be best recruited & managed and provide the biggest added value for the success of the event, the wider community and the volunteers themselves.
The conference will seek to identify what are the specificities of volunteering in large events and will consider how such experiences can best lead to longer-term volunteering for those who are interested to further contribute as a volunteer in other contexts.
Participants will learn how the well-being of volunteers in large events can be protected and how the question of their skills development can be best approached. The motivation of volunteers in large events will also be discussed and greater understanding reached.
Conference workshops themes
- Legacy and sustainability
- Funding and expense coverage policy and procedures
- Volunteer / staff relationships
- Orientation including online pre-event training
- Good practice volunteering in for-profit events
- Volunteer culture development, branding and communication
- Validation and / or certification of learning.
Further information on the programme will be published here during the year as we get closer to the event. You will also be able to register for the event here.
Travelling to Ireland
Flying to Ireland
Dublin Airport is Ireland’s largest Airport with the most direct flights. You can check out the destinations in their winter schedule 2019. Flying to Dublin Airport gives you the most options in terms of flights and bus and train transfer to Galway. To book the best flights at a time that suit your schedule use Skyscanner or Kayak. You may also find the Access to Galway document from the Galway Convention Bureau a useful read.
Travelling to Galway City from Dublin
Bus transfer to Galway (The most direct and quickest route)
Transfer by bus is the most direct and convenient way to get to Galway City from Dublin Airport. Buses depart every 30 / 45 minutes from outside the terminal building at Dublin Airport direct to Galway. This bus journey takes 2 hours and 30 minutes. Two companies operate a bus service: CityLink (timetable, Bus stop Zone 10) and GoBus.ie (timetable, Bus Stop Zone 13). Both companies offer modern, air-conditioned buses with free wifi, toilets and reclining seats. The journey is on the motorway between the two cities and buses make only one stop to pick up or drop off in Dublin City Centre. A limited number of services go direct non-stop from Dublin Airport to Galway with no stops which are listed in the timetables. Galway Coach Station is in the centre of Galway and close to all accommodation and attractions.
Train transfer to Galway (A longer route)
If you’d prefer to take the train to Galway you can take the Airlink Express Bus 747 (Timetable) which operates from Dublin Airport through Dublin City Centre to Heuston Train Station (Bus Route) and costs €6 single or €11 return when booked online. The journey time from the Airport to Heuston Train Station is approximately 50 minutes. You can then take a train from Heuston Train Station to Galway (Ceannt) Train Station. Trains can be busy so please book trains and seats in advance online. You can download a train timetable here. Trains take approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes. Tickets online start at €35, if travelling by train it is best to book online in advance and book a seat. Galway (Ceannt) Train Station is located in the centre of Galway City.
Travelling within Galway City
Transferring to the conference venue
The conference venue is the Institute of Lifecourse and Society, National University of Ireland Galway, Upper Newcastle. If you want to walk it is a 35-minute walk from the train station. A taxi from the Galway (Ceannt) Train Station to the Institute for Lifecourse and Society (map) will take 10 – 15 minutes depending on traffic and cost about €10 depending on the number of passengers.
Flying into other Airports in Ireland
You can also fly into Shannon Airport, Cork Airport and Ireland West Airport. Please note there are not as many direct bus connections to Galway from these Airports.
Accommodation in Galway
We have arranged two discounted prices for accommodation in Galway:
- The Connacht Hotel – Guests attending the conference can contact and quote ”European Volunteer Centre” to book a room from the block. Phone (+353 91 381200) or email email@example.com to book.
- Maldron Hotel – We have set up the rate under promotion code EVCC042020 which you enter when booking via their web site. Should guests prefer to book by phone, they can contact in house reservations on(+353 91 513200)
As Galway is a popular destination and is celebrating its role as European Capital of Culture in 2020 we advise that you book your accommodation in advance to ensure the lowest costs. We will be advising of suitable venues presently. We suggest you use Booking.com, Airbnb, and Trivago. If you’d like to stay in a hostel we’d suggest you try Hostelworld.
Latest update: Friday 21 February 2020
The National Volunteer Management Conference enables and enhances volunteering through the promotion of best practice in volunteer management.
Visit our National Volunteer Management Conference page for full details.
We will address the purpose and benefits of developing a strategy specifically for volunteering within your organisation. You’ll learn what works well and consider the best approach to take. We’ll talk about how you can influence others and develop a successful volunteering strategy for your organisation. We will give you support and direction to help you develop a strategy that is relevant for your organisation.
Trainer: Stuart Garland
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.
Trainer: Stuart Garland
One of the recurrent nightmares of any volunteer manager is encountering a situation in which they may have to consider ‘firing’ a volunteer. For many this prospect creates severe stress, both over the appropriateness of the action and over fear of possible legal and political consequences. In this sessions we will provide a series of toll and resources to help you with this situation when it arises.
Trainer: Stuart Garland
The International Association for Volunteer Effort is pleased to announce the United Arab Emirates as the host country of the 26th IAVE World Volunteer Conference. After a rigorous selection process, the Emirates Foundation in Abu Dhabi has been chosen as the host organisation for this premier global event, to take place in 2020.
The conference will take place from the 11th to the 14th of October 2020. Please visit the International Association of Voluntary Effort (IAVE) web site or the 26th World Volunteer Conference web site IAVE2020.ae for full details
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.
Trainer: Stuart Garland
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 mobilising 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 organisation is not afraid of public scrutiny and involvement and endeavours 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.
Ways to take part
- Have the CEO head of your organisation write to each volunteer telling them how important the work of the Volunteer Programme Manager working in their organisation is.
- Remember to send a thank you message to the extended group of staff in your agency who support the work of volunteers (but who may not be recognised as a Volunteer Programme Manager). It’s a great way to gain support and educate.
- Send an e-card to your peers and colleagues.
- Encourage your local Volunteer Centre to host an event or mention the day in their newsletter.
- Find ways to educate your agency about your role through the promotion of the day.
- Use IVMDay as an excuse to write an article about your role for your agency newsletter or local paper.
- Place a link to the IVMDay website from your volunteer web page.
If you are a member of a professional Association, create an annual award to celebrate the work of Volunteer Programme Manager in your area.
- Throw a party to honour Volunteer Programme Managers in your area.
- Hold a press conference and invite local dignitaries to talk about the community impact of the work of Volunteer Programme Manager
- Nominate your Volunteer Manager for a Volunteer Ireland Award
- Send a press release to the editor of your local newspaper that highlights the special work that Volunteer Programme Managers do in the community.
- Put a reminder to celebrate IVMDay on November 5 in the signature line of your emails.
- Prepare celebratory gift bags for the Volunteer Programme Manager so that they can have a treat on this special day.
- Encourage your local VolunteerCentre to host an event and then encourage as many Volunteer Programme Managers as you can to attend. Take lots of photos and remember to use them to publicise IVMDay the following year.
2019 Theme – Time for Change
Join our IVMDay 2019 campaign! The theme for 2019 was Change the Tune!
For volunteer managers and demonstrate how we are agents and advocates of change for volunteers and volunteering.
We hope that this timely theme will allow us to explore the changes needed in our great profession to ensure it remains relevant and powerful into the future.
The 2020 theme will be annoyed in Autumn 2020.
Please feel free to post your pledge by email your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org
Get Resources for International Volunteer Managers Day from the IVMD web site.
Make sure you tag #IVMDay20 for 2020 events.
Effective relations between paid staff and volunteers can lead to an enjoyable and productive workplace for both groups. Organisations wishing to involve volunteers need to firstly consult with those individuals with whom the volunteers will be working. Volunteer roles, management and support, needs to be clearly defined with paid staff to reduce the risk of mistrust.
Staff need to see that volunteers complement and strengthen their capacity and enhance the capability of the organisation to achieve its goals rather than fear their involvement. This training will provide strategies and ideas for successful staff and volunteer relations
Trainer: Stuart Garland