Volunteer Ireland
Connecting Communities Through Volunteering
Sep
24
Fri
2021
e-learning: Volunteer Manager’s Coffee Break @ Online Webinar
Sep 24 @ 11:00 – 12:00

Volunteer Manager's Coffee BreakGrab a cuppa and join your fellow Volunteer Managers for our digital “give and get”.

Join the team at Volunteer Ireland when we take a coffee break and informally chat about all things volunteering. Please These are small group discussions which participant-led, so please come prepared to share and ask questions, and of course make suggestions and feedback.

Who is this Coffee Break for?
This online event is aimed at all Volunteer Managers (paid and unpaid, from Ireland and overseas) who engage volunteers in their organisations.

Our Coffee Break takes place online using the Zoom platform.  These online sessions take place every second Friday at 11.00 (Irish time) and lasts for one hour.

Register now (limited numbers per session to ensure everyone gets to interact!). You can register for multiple events now, you will get reminders before the event.

 

Sep
28
Tue
2021
e-learning: Fundamentals of Garda Vetting Volunteers @ Online Webinar
Sep 28 @ 11:00 – 12:30

Fundamentals of Garda Vetting webinarIn this webinar, we will take you through the fundamentals of Garda Vetting, who needs to be vetted and who doesn’t? At the end of this session, you will have oversight of the legislation and the practical steps of Garda Vetting volunteers (and employees) correctly and legally within your organisation.

Topics covered will include:

  • Legal requirements for Vetting – who needs to be vetted, who doesn’t?
  • How to register for Garda Vetting
  • How to complete forms correctly and use the online system
  • How to assess which roles get vetted in your organisation
  • Avoiding common mistakes

This course is delivered on multiple dates, please check the training calendar for other dates.

Sep
29
Wed
2021
e-learning: Are we there yet? Buckle up and enjoy the ride! @ Online Webinar
Sep 29 @ 10:00 – 13:00

Are we there yet e-learningChange is a journey, not a destination.

Is volunteering really changing? Are we focussing on the right things?

What are the familiar things we are trying to change? How do they differ from the things we actually need to change but that are sometimes harder to identify and that the organisation itself may not even recognise?

Let’s talk about what is really important in our volunteering programmes, what is changing and what we might want to focus on.

It will be a very interactive session which will give the participants some practical ideas of what they can do in their own roles to better understand and thrive in changing situations in their roles and organisations.

Requirements

To take part in this training session you’ll need to:

  • Sign-up before the 22nd September 2021
  • Answer the questions in the application form about you, you’ll see these when you register to attend
  • Be able to have your camera turned on during the session
  • Be prepared to take part in a highly interactive session

Facilitator: Mariana Vieira da Rocha SPEAK London Co-Founder and Director; UK Student Volunteering Network Chair; Training Facilitator

Mariana, originally from Portugal, started volunteering when she was 7 years old and has not stopped since. She’s moved to the UK ten years ago and has been working in Volunteering and Higher Education for the past 9 years. She is also a Co-Founder and Director at SPEAK London, an volunteer led organisation that connects migrants, refugees and locals living in the same city through a programme of language and culture exchange events. Recently established as a freelancer, Mariana is an expert in helping people connect to opportunities they feel passionate about and provides consultancy and training facilitation in a range of topics

Oct
8
Fri
2021
e-learning: Volunteer Manager’s Coffee Break @ Online Webinar
Oct 8 @ 11:00 – 12:00

Volunteer Manager's Coffee BreakGrab a cuppa and join your fellow Volunteer Managers for our digital “give and get”.

Join the team at Volunteer Ireland when we take a coffee break and informally chat about all things volunteering. Please These are small group discussions which participant-led, so please come prepared to share and ask questions, and of course make suggestions and feedback.

Who is this Coffee Break for?
This online event is aimed at all Volunteer Managers (paid and unpaid, from Ireland and overseas) who engage volunteers in their organisations.

Our Coffee Break takes place online using the Zoom platform.  These online sessions take place every second Friday at 11.00 (Irish time) and lasts for one hour.

Register now (limited numbers per session to ensure everyone gets to interact!). You can register for multiple events now, you will get reminders before the event.

 

Oct
12
Tue
2021
e-learning: Conducting a health check of your programme @ Online Webinar
Oct 12 @ 11:00 – 12:30

The health check workshop will help you identify the policies and practices to be put in place to demonstrate good practice within your volunteer programme. Based on Investing in Volunteers (IiV), the national quality standard for volunteer management, the session will introduce you to the IiV standards and accreditation process and give you the opportunity to get started on your organisation’s IiV self-assessment. This workshop is suitable for all organisations interested in implementing best practice within their volunteer programme and for those looking to learn more about the IiV standards and accreditation process.

This webinar will be hosted on Zoom,  details will be sent when you register.

Trainer: Terri O’Brien

Oct
22
Fri
2021
e-learning: Volunteer Manager’s Coffee Break @ Online Webinar
Oct 22 @ 11:00 – 12:00

Volunteer Manager's Coffee BreakGrab a cuppa and join your fellow Volunteer Managers for our digital “give and get”.

Join the team at Volunteer Ireland when we take a coffee break and informally chat about all things volunteering. Please These are small group discussions which participant-led, so please come prepared to share and ask questions, and of course make suggestions and feedback.

Who is this Coffee Break for?
This online event is aimed at all Volunteer Managers (paid and unpaid, from Ireland and overseas) who engage volunteers in their organisations.

Our Coffee Break takes place online using the Zoom platform.  These online sessions take place every second Friday at 11.00 (Irish time) and lasts for one hour.

Register now (limited numbers per session to ensure everyone gets to interact!). You can register for multiple events now, you will get reminders before the event.

 

Oct
26
Tue
2021
e-learning: Fundamentals of Garda Vetting Volunteers @ Online Webinar
Oct 26 @ 11:00 – 12:30

Fundamentals of Garda Vetting webinarIn this webinar, we will take you through the fundamentals of Garda Vetting, who needs to be vetted and who doesn’t? At the end of this session, you will have oversight of the legislation and the practical steps of Garda Vetting volunteers (and employees) correctly and legally within your organisation.

Topics covered will include:

  • Legal requirements for Vetting – who needs to be vetted, who doesn’t?
  • How to register for Garda Vetting
  • How to complete forms correctly and use the online system
  • How to assess which roles get vetted in your organisation
  • Avoiding common mistakes

This course is delivered on multiple dates, please check the training calendar for other dates.

Nov
5
Fri
2021
Volunteering Event: International Volunteer Managers Day @ Worldwide
Nov 5 all-day

International Volunteer Managers DayInternational Volunteer Managers Day logo (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.

IVMD Day 2021

Recent times have allowed us the space to consider (and re-consider) many aspects of the important work we undertake as Volunteer Managers.

To that end, the Global IVMDay Coordinating Committee are proud to announce that the theme of IVMDay 2021 will be:

“What Is Excellence? – Pushing us beyond the ordinary”

What is excellence is the IVMD theme for 2021We believe it is time to reflect upon what ‘excellence’ really means for our profession and work towards creating some common language around this important topic.

Over the coming months, we will look to provide some stimulating debate on many different aspects of just what does constitute ‘excellence in volunteer engagement’.

For example, what does excellence look like in:

  • Volunteer leadership?
  • Volunteer management certifications and learning?
  • Diversity and equity?
  • Managing up?
  • Meaningful engagement?
  • Embracing technology and systems?

Now is the time to start planning how you might celebrate IVMDay 2021 in your organisation or region – and how you might use this theme to create some meaningful outcomes from the day.  You can find the artwork and logos for the 2021 events on the IVMD web site resources page.

Resources

Please feel free to post your pledge by email your photos to andy@ozvpm.com

Get Resources for International Volunteer Managers Day from the IVMD web site.

Make sure you tag #IVMDay21 for 2021 events and join in the conversation.

e-learning: Volunteer Manager’s Coffee Break @ Online Webinar
Nov 5 @ 11:00 – 12:00

Volunteer Manager's Coffee BreakGrab a cuppa and join your fellow Volunteer Managers for our digital “give and get”.

Join the team at Volunteer Ireland when we take a coffee break and informally chat about all things volunteering. Please These are small group discussions which participant-led, so please come prepared to share and ask questions, and of course make suggestions and feedback.

Who is this Coffee Break for?
This online event is aimed at all Volunteer Managers (paid and unpaid, from Ireland and overseas) who engage volunteers in their organisations.

Our Coffee Break takes place online using the Zoom platform.  These online sessions take place every second Friday at 11.00 (Irish time) and lasts for one hour.

Register now (limited numbers per session to ensure everyone gets to interact!). You can register for multiple events now, you will get reminders before the event.

 

Nov
19
Fri
2021
e-learning: Volunteer Manager’s Coffee Break @ Online Webinar
Nov 19 @ 11:00 – 12:00

Volunteer Manager's Coffee BreakGrab a cuppa and join your fellow Volunteer Managers for our digital “give and get”.

Join the team at Volunteer Ireland when we take a coffee break and informally chat about all things volunteering. Please These are small group discussions which participant-led, so please come prepared to share and ask questions, and of course make suggestions and feedback.

Who is this Coffee Break for?
This online event is aimed at all Volunteer Managers (paid and unpaid, from Ireland and overseas) who engage volunteers in their organisations.

Our Coffee Break takes place online using the Zoom platform.  These online sessions take place every second Friday at 11.00 (Irish time) and lasts for one hour.

Register now (limited numbers per session to ensure everyone gets to interact!). You can register for multiple events now, you will get reminders before the event.