EYV2011 Events in Ireland

EYV2011 Opening Ceremony, February

Saturday February 12th the European Year of Volunteering 2011 was officially launched in Dublin by Mary McAleese, President of Ireland, Patron of European Year of Volunteering 2011. Over 300 individual volunteers and non profit organisations from all over Ireland came together to celebrate the commitment of up to 1 million active volunteers in Ireland at the event sponsored by Intel Ireland.Watch the President’s speech here.

Caption: L-R: Wendy Osborne OBE Volunteer Now NI, Eamonn Sinnott Intel Ireland, President McAleese, Minister Pat Carey, Elaine Bradley Volunteering Ireland, Minister Alex Attwood, Kevin Murphy Voluntary Arts Ireland

The EYV2011 Roadshow

The flagship project of the European Year of Volunteering 2011 was the EYV2011 Road show, which travelled to every European member state promoting volunteering and showcasing local volunteer involving organisations. Local volunteer groups and organisations in each city showcased the work of their charity or community group with information stands and demonstrations. Over 70 organisations took part in the five-day event in Dublin on August 22nd-26th, which included a volunteering recruitment fair, film screenings, workshops and performances.

National Volunteer Management Conference, November 2011

Representatives from volunteer Groups, charities and organisations across Ireland attended the first annual National Volunteer Management Conference in November 2011. The theme of the conference was “Enabling and Enhancing Volunteering Through Best Practice in Volunteer Management”. The one day conference attracted 120 delegates from around the country for a day of professional development, networking, and informative, thought-provoking workshops.

The EYV2011 Relay Project:

The EYV2011 Relay team was composed of 27 volunteer reporters, who traveled to participating EYV2011 countries to report the extraordinary stories of volunteers across the EU. The Relay reporters, each coming from a different EU country, departed their home country to report for two weeks on volunteering in another EU country. They captured their experiences on film, sound and written articles.

Swedish Relay Reporter Oskar produced two short films about both of the volunteer-involving organisations he met with during his week in Ireland. He also blogged about his experiences with the organisations, the volunteers he met and his thoughts on attending the All-Ireland GAA Final in Croke Park.

Oskar first spent time at Barretstown, Co. Kildare.

He then made his way to Belfast to meet with Volunteer Now and various voluntary groups: