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.
Are you a Volunteer Manager (paid or unpaid)?
Do you want recognition for your sector?
Would you like to contribute to the development of a third level accredtied course in Volunteer Management & Leadership?
Volunteering and the work of volunteers is part of the fabric of the Irish community. There are hundreds of people across the island of Ireland who are directly responsible for volunteer management, however, there remains no formal qualification on the island to recognise and to contribute to enhancing this essential work.
In 2014, Volunteer Ireland, the national volunteer development agency, commissioned a report that showed that over 500 volunteer managers (both in paid positions and volunteer roles) indicated they were interested in pursuing a formal university-level qualification in volunteer management.
This accredited Certificate / Diploma in Volunteer Leadership and Management aims to provide an introduction to leadership, management, communications, and personal and professional development skills for volunteer managers and those considering, working or volunteering in volunteer manager roles.
This would be the only programme of its kind on the Island of Ireland to focus specifically on volunteer management, balancing between the theoretical principles of volunteering and practical elements of managing and leading volunteers.
This workshop and focus group will give you a background to the proposed course, an opportuntiy to learn more about the course as well as the opportuntiy to inout on the content, delivery styles and location.
The workshop and focus group is free to attend and faciliated by St. Angela’s College Sligo, NUI Galway, Volunteer Ireland and Volunteer Now.
In October 2018 I was fortunate enough to attend and moderate at the World Volunteering Conference organised by IAVE (the International Association of Volunteer effort) that took place in Augsburg, Germany. Volunteer Ireland has been a member of IAVE for a number of years and along with our membership of CEV (The European Volunteer Centre) and Points of Lights these networks give us the opportunity to collaborate with our colleagues and learn about volunteer management and leadership in their countries. October was a busy
month as the European Volunteer Centre held their General Assembly in Brussels.
In a previous blog I spoke about our need to be aware of the changes in the increase of Informal volunteering, according to the UN report on the state of the world volunteering (2018), 70% of volunteering globally is informal – without an organisation, person to person.
At the 2014 conference in Mexico City I spoke to colleagues in the Latin American countries that informal volunteer was to the fore and that they would like to have more formal volunteering but lack the volunteering infrastructure to deliver. When speaking to these colleagues I suggested we had a lot to learn from them about their experiences.
Organisations reliant on formal volunteering with volunteers turning up on a consistent regular basis need to be aware that formal volunteering is declining and they need to start thinking about longer term volunteer strategies, this isn’t just a fad, it is happening around the world. Today’s volunteer is much more precious with their time and we’ve got to be proactive in our approach to engage these volunteers, we must be flexible in our approach.
There were many topics and discussions at the 2018 IAVE World Volunteering Conference and I hope to share a number of them with you on our upcoming Webinar Global and European Volunteering Trends, which takes place online on Friday 7 December 2018 at 11:00. If you can’t make the live webinar a recording will be available afterwards.
Training & Programmes Manager
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.
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.
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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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 exact dates will be announced soon. Please visit the International Association of Voluntary Effort (IAVE) web site for further details as they become available.