One busy week ... one amazing team

Event VolunteersThis September will feature Event Volunteers busiest nine days featuring 4 different event volunteering programmes.

We commence with Dublin Fun Fest in Smithfield in conjunction with Limelight Communications and Dublin City Council Events Unit.

On Monday and Tuesday our Team will be at the School Summit in Swords. For five days we will be with IPKSA we will be at the Coca-Cola European Sand Yachting Championships in Laytown and Bettystown, supported by BIM.

We then spend the weekend with the Fingal County Council Events Unit for Fingal Fleadh and Fair in Swords Castle.

These logistics and volunteer management programmes would be possible with a dedicated staff team from Fingal Volunteer Centre and Volunteer Ireland and an amazing group of volunteers.

So thanks to Daiga, Chiara and Niamh  as well all the our amazing volunteer team leaders and volunteers who will be working with us during September, I'm so proud of you all. Behind our team we are very lucky to have some great support and one man has been with us since the start Paul Barnes and all the team in the Events Unit in Fingal County Council have been an amazing support to us

Event Volunteers goes from strength to strength

bestinfestFour years ago we set up Event Volunteers. Today the programme, a joint initiative of Volunteer Ireland and Fingal Volunteer Centre has just completed our sixtieth event with 600+ volunteers registered aged 16 to 82 from 64 different nationalities.

We've worked with and learnt from some of the best Event Professionals and Event Partners in Ireland and the UK. We've advised and supported other volunteer programmes to develop from concept to realisation. We've presented our concept at two IAVE World Volunteering Conferences in Australia in Mexico. We're the first volunteer programme in Ireland to achieve Green Standard in the Volunteer Impact Assessment and we are currently working on the Investing in Volunteers Quality Standard and the Fingal Managing Volunteers Award. We don't just reach standards, we set them.

If you'd like to find out more about what we do and how Volunteer Ireland can support your festival or event why not come along and meet us on Thursday 27 April at Best in Fest in Aviva Stadium.

We'd like to say a big thank you to Paul Barnes and the team in the Events Unit in Fingal County Council and Mark Breen and all the team in Cuckoo Events / Safe Events who have supported us and help us grow from the very start.

Event Volunteers achieves Green Light Standard

Event Volunteers Volunteer Impact AssessmentVolunteer Ireland and Fingal Volunteer Centre are delighted to announce that Event Volunteers has become the first volunteer programme in Ireland to achieve the Green Light standard (very high satisfaction levels) from its volunteers and stakeholders through the Volunteer Impact Assessment Toolkit.

The Volunteering Impact Assessment Toolkit (VIAT) is a framework for volunteer-involving organisations to assess the impact of their volunteer programme on key stakeholders such as: volunteers, the host organisation, service users, community partners and the wider community. It does this by examining how each of the stakeholders benefit from the programme with respect to five identified categories namely: physical capital; human capital; economic capital; social capital and cultural capital.

Commenting on the achievement, Stuart Garland of Volunteer Ireland said "We are really excited to have achieved the green light standard and are extremely proud of all of our hard working Event Volunteers who have given freely of their time for these events since we began. To achieve this standard in just our fourth year is a testament to the hard work of everyone involved- well done to all our Event Volunteers, past and present.” “To be recognised for providing a quality volunteer programme for these events makes us extremely proud of our volunteers. It endorses our ongoing commitment in achieving best practice in volunteer management”.

Event Volunteers encourages anyone aged 16 or over to volunteer in a wide range of public events. Our staff are all experienced Volunteer Managers and together with our volunteers, we have been involved in large scale volunteer involving events and festivals in both Ireland and the UK. What makes Event Volunteers different is the quality of our volunteer management and training systems. Volunteers are trained and orientated before each event and all events have volunteer managers on site to ensure that the volunteers receive the best support and training possible.

Event Volunteers Training Calendar 2017

Event Volunteers TrainingEvent Volunteers are delighted to present our training calendar for 2017. We have three new training offerings for you. We hope to see you at one of these trainings, pop over to our web site now to sign up now as places are limited on a first come, first served basis.

Welcome to Event Volunteers Orientation
This 3 hour course is open to any new Event Volunteer.

If you haven’t attended any training with us before this is for you. This training is designed for those who are new to Event Volunteers. The orientation includes an introduction to Event Volunteers, what happens at events and our role at events. We also explore and upskill you in Safety (personal, spectators / general public, event partners), Managing risks, Safeguarding, Crowd Safety and Dynamics, Problem solving steps as well as Diversity, Mental health and disabilities. All attendees will receive a Certificate of Attendance. This course is delivered by one of the Event Volunteers Team.

> Saturday 11 March, 11:00 – 13:30, Dublin City Centre
> Wednesday 15 March, 18:00 – 20:30, Swords, County Dublin
> Tuesday 9 May, 18:00 – 20:30, Swords, County Dublin
> Saturday 13 May, 11:00 – 13:30, Swords, County Dublin

Leave No Trace Awareness Course
This full day outdoor course is open to any Event Volunteer who has volunteered 4 hours. We in Event Volunteers care about our sustainability and environmental impact at events. We want you to better understand how we can minimise our impact at events. This full day outdoor Awareness Session will introduce to the principles, ethics and mission of Leave No Trace. The course will be delivered through presentations with an experiential-based emphasis, in an outdoor setting. All attendees will receive a Leave No Trace Certificate of Attendance.

> Saturday 29 April, 10:00 – 16:00, Dollymount Beach, Bull Island
> Saturday 2 September, 10:00 – 16:00 Phoenix Park, Dublin 8

Safety at Festivals and Events
This 3 hour training course is open to Event Volunteers who have volunteered 12 hours.

At this training we will explore safety at festivals and events, exploring what can go wrong and how we can help events run safely by bring the eyes and ears of the Event Manager. This course will be led by a Safety Officer from the event management sector.

> Training venue and timing to be confirmed, check web site for updates

Managing Volunteers at Festivals and Events
This full day course is open to Event Volunteers who have volunteered 12 hours

Volunteers play a key role in making events and festivals a success. They can fulfill a range of roles such as 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. We will share our own experience of managing volunteers at festivals and events – from small conferences to national festivals with over 900 volunteers. This course is for our Team Leaders to help them better understand how Event Volunteers runs. All attendees will receive a Certificate of Attendance.

> Thursday 2 March, 10:00 – 16:00, Volunteer Ireland Offices

Introduction to Safeguarding
This 3 hour training course is open to all Event Volunteers who have volunteered 4 hours.

This Safeguarding / Child protection training is important for everyone no matter what your occupation nor how frequently you work with children and / or their families. This Introduction to Safeguarding Children course is a positive first step towards increasing and improving your knowledge and will help you to be a better Event Volunteer. The course uses a variety of written text, interactive exercises and real-life cases to help you understand more about your responsibilities. All attendees will receive a Certificate of Attendance.

> Training venue and timing to be confirmed, check web site for updates

Mind your Mental Health
This full day course is open to all Event Volunteers who have volunteered 4 hours.

We care about our Event Volunteers and your Mental Health and that’s why we are introducing Mental Health Ireland’s newly developed one day training module, Mind Your Mental Health. This full day training is an introduction to the topic of mental health and well-being and provides an opportunity for participants to reflect on mental health and to learn strategies to enhance this. This course is delivered by a trained practitioner from Mental Health Ireland.

> Training venue and timing to be confirmed, check web site for updates

Check out behind the scenes - St Patrick's Day Parade in Swords & Blanchardstown by Digital Creatures

Check out this amazing Event Volunteers behind the scenes video created by Aisling & Christopher of Digital Creatures who dedicated their time to join Event Volunteers Team to capture all the action at St Patrick's Day Parades in Swords and Blanchardstown on Tuesday 17th March 2015.

Event Volunteers to present at 23rd World Volunteer Conference this September

Event Volunteers Giro d'Italia Big Start 2014 in FingalFingal Volunteer Centre and Event Volunteers are delighted to announce that we will be presenting on our Event Volunteers project this September at the International Association of Voluntary Effort (IAVE) 23rd World Volunteer Conference in Brisbane, Australia.

Event Volunteers will be presenting alongside our colleagues from Korea and the Russia Federation, under the topic "Wisdom of the Crowd - Volunteers and Major Events" So no pressure there.

This is both a delight and an honour for Event Volunteers to be showcased alongside our much bigger presenters and to represent Ireland on the International stage. The conference takes place every two years and highlights excellence and good practice in Volunteer Management. This is the first time a project from the Republic of Ireland will be highlighted at the World Volunteer Conference .

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