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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We have an exciting programme lined up for you this year with a great range of masterclasses on offer. Masterclasses will cover areas such as digital strategy for engaging volunteers, tips for volunteer screening and embedding excellence in volunteer management. The conference will also see the launch of Volunteer Ireland’s strategic plan and a closing address from Noeline Blackwell, CEO of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre. You can download the full programme.
The conference provides the opportunity to spend some quality time on personal development, networking with your volunteer management colleagues and peers and participating in a host of motivating masterclasses and discussions focused on volunteer recruitment, retention, training, support and management.
We are delighted to have BHP Insurance as this year’s conference partner.
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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.
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.
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.