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 Thursday 23 and 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 from Winter 2019. Be the first to get updates when you join our mailing list.
On Wednesday 22 April 2020 the Volunteer Ireland National Volunteer Leadership 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 full 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
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) and GoBus.ie (timetable). 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
If you’d prefer to take the train to / from 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
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.