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The National Volunteer Management Conference enables and enhances volunteering through the promotion of best practice in volunteer management.

The conference provides the opportunity for volunteer managers to spend some quality time on personal development, networking with colleagues and participating in a host of motivating focused on volunteer recruitment, retention, training, support and management.

This event is essential to anyone who manages volunteers as part of their role (paid or unpaid) or anyone interested in volunteer engagement in the Community & Voluntary Sector or the Corporate Sector. Attendees are welcome from Ireland and overseas.

The 2024 conference is sponsored by Better Impact Volunteer Management Software.

2024 Conference Programme

With a range of national and international speakers at this year's conference, we will explore how to market your volunteer programme and reach today's volunteers as well as learning how your organisation can benefit from employee volunteering.

Click on the programme below to have a look at the range of topics covered at this year's conference!

Frequently Asked Questions:

The hotel is wheelchair accessible, and there are lifts to all floors directly from the underground car park which is also wheelchair accessible. There are designated EU Parking Card spots in the car park. Service Dogs are welcome.

There are 1,200 weatherproof car parking spaces which are conveniently located underground at the Athlone Town Centre Shopping Centre / Sheraton Athlone Hotel. Follow the blue "P" parking signs and enter via Gleeson Street at the front of the hotel.

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations are available in the north end of the car park on level A. The cost of electricity to the customer is 36 cent per kilowatt hour. A QR code can be scanned from the side of the charging unit or the MOMTA app can also be used.

The Westport / Ballina train arrives at 09:06, the Galway train arrives at 09:06, and Dublin Heuston arrives at 09:07. Departing trains: 16:13 and 18:51 to Westport / Ballina, 16:12 and 17:03 to Galway,16:56 and 18:30 to Dublin. Book a seat, which is advised at www.irishrail.ie

Please feel free to get in touch with Mariana Viera da Rocha at [email protected]

Yes, Bus Éireann operate many services to Athlone Bus Station from round the country. You can find details at www.buseireann.ie. CityLink Service 763 runs between Dublin Airport and Galway and makes stops including B&Q Arcadia Retail Centre, Athlone

It is 500 metres from the bus and train station to the hotel, it should take 7 minutes to walk. If you are arriving by CityLink bus it is 1.7km from the hotel, it should take 25 minutes to walk to the hotel.

Athlone was chosen based on feedback from participants in previous NVMC. It is accessible by Train and Bus and if travelling by car the venue is a 3 minute drive from exit 10 on the M6 Dublin to Galway Motorway. It is a one-hour drive from the M50, a 50-minute drive from Galway.

We are delighted to have the support of Better Impact to deliver this year's conference. Better Impact is a volunteer management software that makes it easy for organisations to set up and manage their volunteers. Tony Goodrow from Better Impact will be on hand to answer your questions.

Yes there is free Wi-fi and we'll be encouraging you to get social on the day by using the hashtag #NVMC2024

There are a limited number of discounted rooms available in the hotel. Please book directly with the hotel (090) 645 1000. There are many other hotels, AirBnBs and B&Bs available in and around Athlone. Get the best prices online at www.airbnb.com and www.booking.com

Sheraton Athlone Hotel, Gleeson Street, Athlone, County Westmeath, N37 D953