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Donabate Information Expo, Saturday 6 September

Peninsula Information Expo – Showcasing Local Community Groups and Sporting Organisations

Date  Saturday 6th September 2014

Time  3.00 – 5.00pm

Location Donabate Portrane Community Centre – Main Hall

What is it the Expo? 

Peninsula Information Expo is an initiative of the Donabate Portrane Steering Committee and Fingal County Council Community Development Office. The event is designed to highlight the work of community groups and sporting organisations in the area, provide information on what is happening in the community and encourage local people to get involved.

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Fingal Volunteer Expo returns on Thursday 25 September

We are just reminding you that Fingal Volunteer Expo 2014 returns on Thursday 25 September 2014 from 11.00 to 18.00, to the Pavillions Shopping Centre in Swords. Fingal Volunteer Centre is inviting all not-for-profit, volunteer involving organisations and volunteers to Fingal Volunteer Expo 2014. This event is aimed at helping organisations attracting people who are interested in becoming volunteers but who may not know exactly where or how to go about it. 

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

Event VolunteersFingal 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.

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3,000 ways to Volunteer in the Community - Call to ‘click, connect and volunteer’

National Volunteering Week 2014It’s National Volunteering Week (May 12-18) and Fingal Volunteer Centre is encouraging people to give their skills and time to charities, community groups and people in need. Fingal Volunteer Centre Manager, Stuart Garland, said it is easy to get involved by searching, I-VOL, the nationwide database of volunteering opportunities. Fingl Volunteer Centre has lots of opportunities available.

“People can go to www.volunteer.ie, find I-VOL and and find one off National Volunteering Week projects, short-term roles and ongoing ways to volunteer in their own community. If people do not have Internet access, they can also call the Centre and we can talk though what might suit.”

“There are currently 3,100 opportunities to volunteer across the country and the top three categories are in youth work, befriending / mentoring and teaching.” The Centre also announced new additions to the database, such the ability of organisations to search for volunteers by skills and expertise. “People can either search for an opportunity themselves, or can now place their own details on I-VOL or with a Volunteer Centre, and let organisations come to them.” 70% say Ireland would be ‘much worse’ without volunteers National Volunteering Week is coordinated by Volunteer Ireland and local volunteer centres. Volunteer Ireland today announced details of a survey of 1,000 people. In the survey 70% said that Ireland would be a ‘much worse’ place to live in without volunteers, 67% said that volunteers are underappreciated and undervalued and 73% have said that volunteering can help unemployed people improve skills and experience to increase their employability.

In 2013 over 14,900 volunteers registered through volunteer.ie and local Volunteer Centres. These volunteers clocked up over 500,000 hours of voluntary work. This work has an equivalent economic value of over €10 million.

Call to action for National Volunteering Week

Mayor of Fingal, Cllr. Kieran Dennison with Event Volunteers at the launch of National Volunteering Week at Springbreak D15 in BlanchardstownIT skills most in demand from volunteers

Fingal Volunteer Centre is calling on people in Fingal to get involved in National Volunteering Week which takes place from May 12-18. Members of the public can find ways to take part by browsing the volunteering database I-VOL at www.volunteer.ie, or by contacting the Fingal Volunteer Centre.

An analysis in advance of volunteering week of 500 organisations who are currently seeking volunteers, found that IT ‘know how’ is the technical expertise most in demand from volunteers. Other professional skills that are in demand from charities and community groups include event management, education and training, and experience of working with young people.

Fingal Volunteer Centre Manager, Stuart Garland, said that while computer skills were the most required in terms of technical expertise, good ‘people skills’ are always highly valued by organisations. “If you are a good people person, or have other soft or hard skills to share, see how you can connect with your community and volunteer this National Volunteering Week.

Over 5,000 volunteers have engaged with I-VOL and local Volunteer Centres so far in 2014 and these volunteers have clocked up an incredible 150,000 hours of volunteering. One in three of these volunteers are volunteering to develop skills or to assist employment prospects.

This year, as part of National Volunteering Week, Volunteer Ireland will be launching new features and upgrades to I-VOL, which will enable not-for-profit organisations to search for available volunteers by skills and expertise. In 2013 over 14,900 volunteers registered through volunteer.ie and local Volunteer Centres. These volunteers clocked up over 500,000 hours of voluntary work. This work has an equivalent economic value of over €10 million.

Photograph shows Mayor of Fingal, Cllr. Kieran Dennison with Event Volunteers at the launch of National Volunteering Week at Springbreak D15 in Blanchardstown.  Photograph: Leah Carroll

Further Information
Ronan Cavanagh, Cavanagh Communications: (086) 317 9731.
Stuart Garland: Fingal Volunteer Centre Manager: (087) 696 4020.
Phil Boughton: Volunteer Ireland: (085) 742 7017.

About Volunteer Ireland
Volunteer Ireland is the national volunteer development agency and a support body for all local Volunteer Centres in Ireland. Our vision is every person connected to and participating in their communities to build a better Irish society. Volunteer Ireland works to increase awareness of, access to and quality in volunteering in Ireland.

www.volunteer.ie

Programma volontari Grande Partenza del Giro d'Italia 2014

Giro d'Italia Volunteer Programme FingalGiro d'Italia Big Start Volunteer Programme 2014

Il Giro D’Italia è una delle più importanti gare della tradizione ciclistica. Prestigioso appuntamento della stagione, è una delle corse più impegnative al mondo. Quest'anno il Giro partirà da Belfast, nell'Irlanda del Nord, toccando poi Armagh, per proseguire lungo la scenografica costa orientale attraverso Balbriggan, Skerries e Malahide, prima di giungere al traguardo, davanti al Palazzo del Governo a Dublino. 

Sarà un'occasione unica per veder sfrecciare le teste di serie del ciclismo internazionale attraverso l'Irlanda del Nord e la Repubblica d'Irlanda. In associazione con la Events Unit del Fingal County Council, siamo lieti di poter contare sull'impegno attivo di volontari per questo evento.

Cerchiamo volontari entusiasti, affidabili e coscienziosi che fungano da Ambasciatori per la corsa nel momento in cui attraverserà la contea di Fingal. I nostri sforzi saranno concentrati in due punti: il castello di Ardgillan e Malahide. Tutti i volontari dovranno seguire una breve formazione. Verranno forniti badge identificativi e supporto. Le iscrizioni sono aperte ai maggiori di 16 anni.

Le mansioni previste includono:

• Servizio d'ordine 
• Informazioni al pubblico 
• Sicurezza del pubblico durante l'evento 
• Indicazioni 
• Funzione di Ambasciatore per l'evento. 

I volontari saranno attivi solo a Fingal, perciò registratevi ora sul sito web Event Volunteers: www.eventvolunteers.ie 


The Giro D’Italia is one of the largest classic road cycle races. The race is one of the highlights of the cycling season and is one of the toughest cycle races in the world. The year the race has its big start in Belfast, Northern Ireland before making its way through Armagh before running down the scenic East Coast through Balbriggan, Skerries and Malahide before heading to the finish line outside Government Buildings, Dublin.

This is a once in a lifetime experience to see top class cyclists make their way through Northern Ireland and Ireland. In association with the Events Unit in Fingal County Council we are delighted to have Event Volunteers engaged in this event. We are looking for enthusiastic, reliable, safety conscious volunteers to be Ambassadors and for this event as it makes it way through County Fingal and our efforts will be focused in two main locations: Ardgillan Castle and Malahide.

Training will be provided which all volunteers must attend. Support and recognition will be provided. Roles open to those aged 16 and over.

Roles for this event include:
• Crowd Marshalling
• Providing information to the general public
• Ensuring the safety of the general public at the event
• Directions and information giving
• Acting as Ambassadors for this great event.

Fingal is the best place to volunteer so register now at Event Volunteers web site: www.eventvolunteers.ie

St John Ambulance opening in Swords

St John Ambulance for websiteSt. John Ambulance are looking for volunteers to join their New Swords Division. 

We are looking forward to meeting the people of Swords and North Dublin Volunteer Information Evening on Wednesday, 21st May at 7:30pm in the Holywell Community Centre Swords. All are welcome to come and learn about the organisation's aims, whether or not they decide to join.

St John Ambulance Ireland is proud to announce the establishment of a new adult division in Swords, Co. Dublin. This Division will serve both the town of Swords and the communities of North County Dublin by providing trained first aiders at local events and regular first aid classes in the community.

A large number of volunteer requests have been submitted to St John Ambulance from this area in recent times. A decision was made to launch this new division of St John Ambulance to address this increasing interest in North Dublin.

 St John Ambulance Ireland is the oldest first aid charity in the country, as well as being one of Ireland’s leading first aid organisations. St John Ambulance is committed to the vision that first aid treatment should be available to anyone who has suddenly become sick or injured. Our volunteers work tirelessly, on public duty and in training, to make this vision a reality. They can be the difference between a life lost and a life saved. 

Any queries about this new division – or any aspect of volunteering with St John Ambulance – should be addressed to the National Volunteer Co-ordinator via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Interested in streamlining your volunteer application process,

logo volunteerirelandInterested in streamlining your volunteer application process, how you track your volunteers' skills, outputs and hours, as well as how you communicate with your volunteers?

See how ‘Volunteer Impact’ software can make volunteer management easier at one of our upcoming information sessions. Volunteer Ireland will be hosting two information sessions on the volunteer management software ‘Volunteer Impact’ on Monday, 14th April and Thursday, 17th April at Irish Aid on O’Connell Street, Dublin 1.

Volunteer Impact is a web-based volunteer management tool that makes engaging and managing volunteers more efficient and effective. The information sessions will feature a live demonstration of the software and an opportunity for attendees to experience first hand how Volunteer Impact can benefit their volunteer programme.

The information sessions will take place on Monday, 14th April from 10am to 11am and Thursday, 17th April from 1pm to 2pm. All attendees are asked to arrive 10 minutes early for registration.

Volunteer at the Giro d'Italia Big Start 2014 in Fingal County

Giro D'Italia Big Start 2014The Giro D’Italia is one of the largest classic road cycle races. The race is one of the highlights of the cycling season and is one of the toughest cycle races in the world. The year the race has its big start in Belfast, Northern Ireland before making its way through Armagh before running down the scenic East Coast through Balbriggan, Skerries and Malahide before heading to the finish line outside Government Buildings, Dublin. 



This is a once in a lifetime experience to see top class cyclists make their way through Northern Ireland and Ireland. In association with the Events Unit in Fingal County Council we are delighted to have Event Volunteers engaged in this event. 

 We are looking for enthusiastic, reliable, safety conscious volunteers to be Ambassadors and for this event as it makes it way through County Fingal and our efforts will be focused in two main locations: Ardgillan Castle and Malahide.

Training will be provided which all volunteers must attend. Support and recognition will be provided. 

Roles open to those aged 16 and over.

Roles for this event include:

• Crowd Marshalling
• Providing information to the general public
• Ensuring the safety of the general public at the event
• Directions and information giving
• Acting as Ambassadors for this great event.

Fingal is the only place to volunteer so register now at Event Volunteers web site: www.eventvolunteers.ie

RNLI May Day Volunteer – Street Souvenir Vendor

RNLIThe RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea. Their lifeboat crews rescue 22 people a day, while our lifeguards patrol more than 150 beaches in the summer.

Dublin May day week end is one of the rare days of the year when volunteers go out on the street and try to raise funds for this lifesaving charity - we really need your help to make the day a success! Join our team of volunteers who contribute their time, energy and skills to sell RNLI merchandise and souvenirs such as key rings and pin badges in order to raise funds. Your help will ensure we can take advantage of this great opportunity by increasing support within the community and raising vital funds needed to keep on saving lives.

We are looking for volunteers with an enthusiastic and proactive nature who can offer a bit of their time to help sell RNLI souvenirs in Dublin and surrounding areas on 1/2/3 May 2014. We ideally require volunteer vendors to volunteer two hours of their time (or more) selling souvenirs and generating support within the local community. You don’t need to have any prior experience or knowledge of the RNLI and we will provide everything you need on the day.

This role would suit a friendly, welcoming person who enjoys being part of a team and working within their local community. Can you help the RNLI fundraise to save lives? We’re delighted that you’re interested in volunteering with the RNLI and hope you’ll find an opportunity to get involved. They are looking for volunteers in the following areas: Dublin City Centre Dublin north (Raheny, Killester, Kilbarrick, Phibsboro, Finglas, Castleknock).

For more information contact 

Pauline McGann
Community Fundraising Manager Ireland East
RNLI l Airside l Swords l Co Dublin
Phone: (01) 895 1839

Fingal Volunteer Expo is back on 3rd April

Volunteer Expo 2014We are delighted to announce that Fingal Volunteer Expo will take place on Thursday 3 April 2014 from 11:00 to 18:00 on the Main Concourse on the Upper Level in the Blanchardstown Centre, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15.

We are inviting all volunteer involving organisations to join us at Fingal Volunteer Expo. This event is aimed at helping organisations attracting people who are interested in becoming volunteers but who may not know where or how to go about it. This is a great opportunity for you to showcase your volunteer opportunities; let the community know about the work you do; network with other organisations; and get to engage with Fingal Volunteer Centre and develop new opportunities.

Exhibition stands are limited and are available on a first come, first served basis. If you are interested in attending please read the attached terms and conditions and complete the Expression of Interest form and return it along with a non refundable €25 booking fee to us on or before Friday 21 March 2014.

If you have any questions we will be delighted to hear from you or if you have any other questions in relation to volunteer management please do not hesitate to contact us. Updated information and list of participant groups will be provided at www.volunteerfingal.ie Please note that we have one other Volunteer Expos this year in The Pavilions Shopping Centre, Swords, on Thursday 25 September 2014. We hope to see you at Fingal Volunteer Expo.

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Book your tickets now for the Dublin Volunteer Management Seminar

Dublin Volunteer Management Seminar 2014Tickets are now on sale for only €25 for this year's Dublin Volunteer Management Seminar, pick up your ticket now for this event featuring Tom McKee. 

Visit our event page for the full programme and to buy your tickets now.

Download the brochure for the Dublin Volunteer Management Seminar (Adobe PDF).

Check out the video below from Tom McKee, our keynote speaker at the Dublin Volunteer Management Seminar.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Foróige is recruiting in Naul

Foróige is coming to NaulA meeting takes place on Wednesday 26th February at 730pm in the Seamus Ennis Centre, for anyone interested in finding out about a new Foróige club being set up in Naul.

Foróige is a vibrant and modern youth organisation working with young people aged 10 - 18 years in a variety of settings. Foróige is hoping to open a club for young people in Naul. The club will provide a social outlet for young people of the area to meet up in a safe social space and get involved in various activities.

The club will add to the growing network of Foróige Clubs in the Fingal area. This initiative can not happen without the support from local people.

Volunteers will be required to get involved in the club. You are urged to come along on the 26th and find out more about this exciting venture. Further information available from Bryan Gavin (086) 851 9639 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Event Volunteers Roadshow kicks off next week

Have you got what it takes to be an 
Event Volunteer? 
 
Come along to our Information Roadshow 
and find out!
 
Event Volunteers Information Roadshow 2014 
 
Wednesday 19 February, 19:30 – 21:00 
Flemington Community Centre 
Hamlet Lane, Balbriggan, County Dublin 
 
Thursday 20 February, 19:30 – 21:00 
Holywell Community Centre Holywell,
Swords, County Dublin 
 
Wednesday 5 March, 18:00 – 19:30 
Irish Aid Volunteering & Information Centre,
27-31 Upper O’Connell Street, Dublin 1 
 

Event Volunteers in action at Fingal Festival of Football

To attend any of these information sessions to find out more about volunteering with usplease register with us now.
 
We’re looking for enthusiastic people of all ages and backgrounds to come and join us at some of the most exciting public events event this year and be ambassadors for your local community and these events. 
 
What are the benefits of being an Event Volunteer? 
The benefits of becoming an Event Volunteer are not just for the event and the general community, but also for the volunteers themselves. Volunteering is a great way to give back to the community and meet a variety of people from all walks of life. Being an Event Volunteer you can see behind the scenes of events, get closer to the action and play a role in making the event possible. 
 
Still not convinced? 
Check out our web site and have a look at our 2013 Showreel of Events to see why our volunteers are so happy.  

Operation Smile is recruiting Smile Ambassadors

Operation SmileAre you an enthusiastic self starter looking to volunteer for a good cause? Look no further! Operation Smile Ireland is recruiting Smile Ambassadors to raise awareness of our work and make Operation Smile Ireland a household name.

Our next induction training will take place on Saturday, March 1st in Dublin City Centre. Smile Ambassadors will be our arms and legs in the community – helping to coordinate and support community presentations, presence at regional events and local fundraising efforts through bag packs, church gate collections etc.

This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to a great cause, meet new people and develop your presentation and communication skills. For further information email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., call (01) 667 6659, or visit www.operationsmile.ie

Have you got what it takes to be an Event Volunteer, come along to our roadshow and find out?

Join the Event Volunteers 2014 TeamHave you got what it takes to be an Event Volunteer?

Come along to our Information Roadshow and find out! We’re looking for enthusiastic people of all ages and backgrounds to come and join us at some of the most exciting public events event this year and be ambassadors for your local community and these events. What are the benefits of being an Event Volunteer?

The benefits of becoming an Event Volunteer are not just for the event and the general community, but also for the volunteers themselves. Volunteering is a great way to give back to the community and meet a variety of people from all walks of life. Being an Event Volunteer you can see behind the scenes of events, get closer to the action and play a role in making the event possible.

Event Volunteers offers you
• A vibrant volunteering community with ongoing interaction
• Access to a diverse range of events • Access to training and orientation sessions
• A progression route through Volunteer Management Training to become a Team Leader
• Long term recognition
• Skill development
• Volunteer gatherings
• A platform for ideas and input into future events
• Satisfaction and social gratitude of helping others
• Hands on work experience for students
• Lots of fun

If you’d like to find out more why not join us on at our Information Roadshow where we’ll be recruiting for our wide range of events this year, from St. Patrick’s Day in Swords to Flavours of Fingal in Donabate, from Springbreak Concert in Blanchardstown to the Dublin Marathon. To top that off the Giro d’Italia cycle race is coming to Fingal this Spring.

Event Volunteers Information Roadshow 2014

Wednesday 19 February, 19:30 – 21:00

Flemington Community Centre
Hamlet Lane, Balbriggan, County Dublin

Thursday 20 February, 19:30 – 21:00
Holywell Community Centre
Holywell, Swords, County Dublin

Wednesday 5 March, 18:00 – 19:30
Irish Aid Volunteering & Information Centre
27-31 Upper O’Connell Street, Dublin 1

To book your place simply register now at eventvolunteersie.eventbrite.ie

Event Volunteers are recruiting an Event & Volunteer Management Intern

Fingal Volunteer Centre
Fingal Volunteer Centre is an independent and free matching service to encourage more people to become involved in volunteering across the county. We aim to promote, support and encourage volunteering and good practice in volunteering.

What's Involved
Our Organisation Fingal Volunteer Centre is an independent and free matching service to encourage more people to become involved in volunteering across the county.

We aim to promote, support and encourage volunteering and good practice in volunteering.

Our role is to provide information and advice to people interested in volunteering and to organisations looking for volunteers. Fingal Volunteer Centre acts as link between such organisations and individuals. We will advertise vacancies, advise people on their options and help organisations support their volunteers by adopting principles of best practice.

Recently our staff have been involved in Volunteer Management of a number of large public events including: Dublin Tall Ships Festival 2012, NYE Dublin 2013, Malahide’s UberFest.

We are currently working with a number of key players in event management in Fingal to run volunteer programmes for their events. These flagship events will include Flavours of Fingal 2014 and the Giro d'Italia stages in Fingal

The events will include major public events in Fingal in 2013/14. We will be recruiting, selecting, training and managing volunteers for these programmes.

Overview of the Volunteer Role The Event & Volunteer Management Intern will play a key role in each event, and will assist and support the office team. The aim of the internship is to provide valuable insight and experience in event and volunteer planning, co-ordination, and management.

For more information visit I-VOL for the full role describition

92.5 Phoenix FM Volunteer Recruitment Meeting

Phoenix FM Recruitment Meeting92.5 Phoenix FM, Community Radio station for Dublin 15, will host a large scale volunteer recruitment open meeting in Dillon House on Thursday, February 13 at 7pm.

The Station is volunteer led and volunteer driven and is seeking people from the area who are interested in becoming involved in any way. People can present shows, run the sound desk, produce or even fundraise, promote and design brochures. The meeting is open to anyone living or working in Dublin 15 with an interest in getting involved with the Station. Station Manager Denis McEvoy said: “This event will be an exciting opportunity for both new volunteers and for the Station. We are driven by the energy and interests of the community we serve and we intend to hit the ground running for the year ahead in 2014.

People who are interested in volunteering with the Station should come along to our open meeting to find out more. Anyone who’s interested doesn’t need to be worried about prior radio experience, we’ll provide all the training necessary.” 92.5 Phoenix FM currently works with a wide range of people and groups including the Blanchardstown Centre for Independent Living, the Traveller Development Group, all primary and second level schools, immigrants groups and drug rehabilitation services. The Station has programmes in Irish, Polish, Romanian and Urdu.

The Station is set up to serve the area and reflect the special interests and needs of the people of Dublin 15. Community development lies at the core of the Station’s remit and its education and training courses bring together people from all different sectors of Dublin 15’s diverse community.

Phoenix FM now delivers training local secondary schools with the support of the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown. 92.5 Phoenix FM also broadcasts from many of the events that take place in the D15 community such as festivals, open days and fairs. If you are interested in attending the open evening on February 13, you can email info(at)phoenixfm.ie or just come along to Dillon House in the Coolmine Industrial Estate on the night.

Event Volunteers launch 2014 programme

Event Volunteers Programme 2014Event Volunteers along with our event partners are delighted to present our outline programme of events for 2014. Full details of training and orientation for events will be announced prior to each event.

For the Brian Boru 1014 Commemorations all volunteers will be required to undergo fire safety training. Volunteers for the Giro d’Italia Cycle Race will be based in either Balbriggan, Skerries or Malahide and transport will be provided from a central location on that day. Further details will be made available on eventvolunteers.ie For the latest on all our events follow us on Twitter @EventVolsIE.

Event Volunteers

Dublin Rape Crisis Centre are currently recruiting new volunteers

Dublin Rape Crisis CentreAre you interested in joining the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre as part of their Volunteer Service? They currently need Volunteers to train as:

· Telephone Counsellors to staff our 24-hour Counselling Line outside office hours.
· Support Personnel who will be available on a rota basis to attend the Sexual Assault Treatment Unit in the Rotunda Hospital.

· Our Volunteers come from every walk of life – No skills needed!

Full training will be given to selected applicants. Applicants must be a minimum of 25 years old and reside in the ‘01’ telephone area. Please contact Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, 70 Lwr Leeson Street, Dublin 2 for an application form. Tel. (01) 6614911 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Closing date for applications – Friday 14th February 2014

Check out the behind the scenes photographs of our makeover of the CASA Breakhouse

At Your Service RTÉ One TelevisionEvent Volunteers, an initiative of Fingal Volunteer Centre were delighted to be asked to be part of the makeover of the CASA Breakhouse in Malahide which aired on RTÉ Television on 26 December 2013.

We're delighted to let you see some of the behind the scenes photographs taken during the week which are in the images section of our sister web site - Event Volunteers. Thanks as always to the excellent Leah Carroll (www.leah-carroll.com) for her hard work.

Event Volunteers on television on St. Stephen's Day (December 26)

Event Volunteers play their part in makeover of CASA Break House as part of RTÉ One's At Your ServiceEvent Volunteers were delighted to be asked to be part of the Christmas Special of At Your Service - To the Rescue which will be broadcast on RTÉ One on St. Stephen's Day, Thursday 26 December from 20:00 to 21:00.

Event Volunteers were on hand to assist the Brennan Brothers with the makeover of the CASA Breakhouse in Malahide, Dublin. A nationwide call went out for volunteers, expertise and materials to makeover the house in one week. A fantastic team of volunteers and builders came on board to help out witht he maekover of the CASA Breakhouse.

Check out the show in RTÉ One on Stephen's Day and see how we got on. The programme will be available on the RTÉ Player from December 27th. Behind the scenes photographs to let you see all the hard work that goes into a project of this size will be available from www.eventvolunteers.ie from December 27th.

Event Volunteers would like to again congratulate our dedicated hard working volunteers for their contribution to make the programme and the makover, and thanks also goes to Waddell Media, RTÉ and Leah Carroll, our photographer.

Arthritis campaigner shortlisted for national volunteer award

Peter BoydA Balbriggan based Arthritis campaigner has been shortlisted for an award in this years Panadol supported Volunteer Ireland Awards.

Peter Boyd has been nominated in the Health and Disability Category and is one of 31 volunteers on the shortlist in Ireland’s major annual volunteer recognition event.

An overall Volunteer of the Year and ten Category Awardees will be announced on Thursday, December 5th in Dublin City Hall at a gala Volunteer Ireland Awards ceremony supported by Panadol and hosted by RTÉ Presenter Keelin Shanley.

Peter Boyd has volunteered with Arthritis Ireland for over four years. He provides vital help and support on the organisation’s phone helpline twice a week. He also runs the Young Arthritis Network (for 18-45 year olds) in Dublin and organises social events that give people with the disease an opportunity to meet up throughout the year and talk with one another, gain friendships and give each other support.

In Dublin, he also runs a walking group and teaches a 'Living Well with Arthritis' course. He also volunteers with children with Juvenile Arthritis. He, along with Arthritis Ireland, brought a large group of teenagers on a weekend activity 'road trip' this summer, which gave them vital tools to cope with their illness.

Claire Kinneavy who nominated Peter for a Volunteer Ireland award said: “As a young person with arthritis and fibromyalgia, Peter devotes a lot of his spare time to helping others with his inspirational writing, helpline skills, public-speaking and as a youth leader, a walking leader and a self-management leader. He is funny, hard-working, motivating and a great role model for others with the disease.”

Fingal Volunter Centre Manager Stuart Garland congratulated people who were nominated. He said that the number of nominations had more than doubled on last year and included a very wide range of people from all corners of the country.

“We have received some really incredible stories about inspirational people in every part of the country. Given this, it is a huge achievement to make the shortlist.”

More information on the awards and all nominees is available at www.volunteer.ie.

Panadol tablets are made in Ireland (in Dungarvan) and the business is delighted to be the lead sponsor of this initiative for the fourth year to support community spirit and activity.

Over 13,500 volunteers have registered through through volunteer.ie and local Volunteer Centres so far this year. These volunteers have clocked up an incredible 439,000 hours of voluntary work so far this year which has been estimated to have an equivalent value of €9,666,000.

 

Further Information

Ronan Cavanagh, Cavanagh Communications: (086) 317 9731.

Phil Boughton, Volunteer Ireland: (01) 636 9446 / (085) 742 7017

Event Volunteers play their part in RTÉ One TV Programme - At Your Service

At Your ServiceEvent Volunteers were approahed to play an important role in the RTÉ One Television Show At Your Service which is broadcasting a special show this December.

We were delighted to assist with makeover of the resoite centre, in particular our work focused on a major overhaul of the garden area along with internal work to the house.

We can't tell you the outcome but do turn in to watch the show this Christmas on RTÉ One.

The Brennan brothers are back for a special Christmas episode of At Your Service. Francis and John are coming to the aid of sixteen-year-old Conor Dillon and an Irish charity close to his heart, CASA (Caring and Sharing Association). Conor uses the CASA Respite Centre in Malahide, which it is in need of a revamp and the Brennan’s are going to make some changes. Broadcast times will be annouced soon.

Fingal people urged to nominate local heroes for national volunteer award

Ireland Involved Awards 2013The search is onto find Ireland’s Volunteer of the Year with the launch of the Panadol supported Volunteer Ireland Awards 2013.

Launching the Awards, RTÉ Presenter Keelin Shanley called on people in Fingal to go to www.volunteer.ie and nominate ordinary people who do extraordinary things in their communities. The Volunteer Ireland Awards are the major annual initiative to celebrate volunteering in Ireland that are coordinated by Volunteer Ireland and supported by Panadol. The Awards invite entries from both the North and South of Ireland. Manager of Fingal Volunteer Centre Stuart Garland said that the Awards celebrate and recognise the thousands of remarkable people across the Island of Ireland who selflessly give their time and talent to benefit others and their communities.

“The search for the 2013 Volunteer of the Year is now on! We’re calling on all Fingal residents to help us shine a light on the county’s remarkable volunteers. Members of the public can nominate their choice at www.volunteer.ie  “Whether it’s helping a local sports club, raising funds for a charity or helping a local community group, we want to celebrate the selfless volunteers who regularly give their time to help to make Ireland a better place. Nominate a volunteer you know and share their inspiring story with us.” Panadol is delighted to be the lead sponsor of the Volunteer Ireland Awards for the fourth consecutive year and encourages everybody to take the opportunity to showcase Ireland’s outstanding volunteers who are an essential and highly valuable part of Irish life.

Panadol tablets are made in Ireland in Dungarvan. Nominations can be received up to October 25. Category winners and an overall winner will be announced at a special Awards ceremony on December 5th. There are ten different awards categories including sports, arts, youth, environment, community, disability, education, social work, awareness raising and international development. So far this year, over 10,000 volunteers have registered through volunteer.ie and local Volunteer Centres. These volunteers have clocked up over 320,000 hours of voluntary work which has an equivalent value of over €7,000,000. Also, as part of this year's Volunteer Ireland Awards campaign, one of the shortlisted 30 nominees will receive the Charity Hero Award, a lifetime achievement award honouring a volunteer who has - over the course of their life - made an extraordinary contribution to a good cause. The Charity Hero Award is a unique collaboration between the Volunteer Ireland Awards and the Better Together Campaign. The Charity Hero Award will be presented at the Better Together Awards ceremony in Dublin on December 12th. 

Flavours of Fingal County Show returns on 28 / 29 June

Flavours of Fingal County Show is Back on June 28 / 29Flavours of Fingal County Show is back on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 June from 11:00 to 18:00, check www.flavoursoffingal.ie for more information.

Event Volunteers will again be on hand running the Volunteer Programme, if you'd like to be an Event Volunteer register your interest now at 
www.eventvolunteers.ie

Exciting new volunteering opportunities this summer with Event Volunteers

Event Volunteers for Ireland v. England Cricket Match. Malahide, Tuesday 3 September
 
Ireland V England Cricket Challenge
Event volunteers are needed for the Fortress Malahide for the RSA Challenge Ireland v. England Cricket, Tuesday 3 September 2013. 
 
Volunteers will be involved in welcoming spectators and providing support to the Events Team. We are looking for enthusiastic, reliable and motivated volunteers to be Ambassadors for this event.
 
Volunteer roles all cover seating arrangements of the event. Full orientation, support and recognition will be provided. Roles open to those aged 16 and over. These are non spectator roles. Volunteer Programme managed by Fingal Volunteer Centre. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Event Volunteers for Flavours of Fingal County Show, Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 September
 
Flavours of Fingal
Do you want to be part of Fingal’s Family, Food and Farm Show which takes place in Newbridge House & Gardens, Donabate, Fingal, County Dublin. 
 
We are looking for enthusiastic, reliable and motivated volunteers to be Ambassadors for this event. Volunteer roles cover all aspects of the event. Full orientation, support and recognition will be provided. Roles open to those aged 16 and over. Volunteer Programme managed by Fingal Volunteer Centre. 
 

Event & Volunteer Management Internship

Our Organisation
Fingal Volunteer Centre is an independent and free matching service to encourage more people to become involved in volunteering across the county. 

 We aim to promote, support and encourage volunteering and good practice in volunteering.

 Our role is to provide information and advice to people interested in volunteering and to organisations looking for volunteers. Fingal Volunteer Centre acts as link between such organisations and individuals. We will advertise vacancies, advise people on their options and help organisations support their volunteers by adopting principles of best practice.

Recently our staff have been involved in Volunteer Management of a number of large public events including: Dublin Tall Ships Festival 2012, NYE Dublin 2013, Malahide’s UberFest. We are currently working with a number of key players in event management in Fingal to run volunteer programmes for their events. One of these flagship events will be Flavours of Fingal in September 2013. The events will include major public events in Fingal in 2013/14. We will be recruiting, selecting, training and managing volunteers for these programmes. Additionally our staff will be also be managing volunteers at the World Police & Fire Games in Belfast this August and the Tour De France 2014 stages in England.

Overview of the Volunteer Role
The Event & Volunteer Management Intern will play a key role in each event, and will assist and support the office team. The aim of the internship is to provide valuable insight and experience in event and volunteer planning, co-ordination, and management.

Tasks
Working as part of the volunteer management team and supporting staff in preparing volunteers for a number of key events in 2013 / 14. 

• Conducting evaluations and administration for each event
• Sourcing equipment / IT / Resources for each event as required within budget
• Planning logistics for events and ensuring all communications and identification systems are in place
• Liaising with Fingal County Council Events Office and Event Management companies.
• Ensuring that branding is in place at each event and ahead that branding guidelines are adhered to.
• Contributing to planning sessions on the layout, format and content for events.
• Assisting with facilities management for each event
• Hands-on event and volunteer management support at events
• Responding to calls and emails regarding events
• Support all office staff as requested by supervisor
• Other office, reception and/or administrative duties as required • Researching volunteer training for events and liaising with other agencies.

Time Period and Commitment
• The internship will run from June 2013 to December 2013 and may be extended to June 2014 dependent on event plans for 2014.
• A minimum of 2 days per week are required. These would be any two consecutive days.
• During volunteer management events the intern, along with staff would be required to be on site for extended periods of time which will require work at weekends.

Location

Fingal Volunteer Centre, Dillon House, Unit 106, Coolmine Industrial Estate, Dublin 15 and on site at each event.

Skills, Experience & Qualities Required

• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Fluent English
• Experience and/or interest in working in an small office environment
• Professional and welcoming manner in person and on the phone
• Ability to relate well to others and work as part of a team
• Commitment to the ethos of volunteering
• Enthusiastic and willing to learn within the role.
• Good IT skills Applications from candidates who have completed an Event Management or Volunteer Management course would be welcome. The intern will get to attend a number of trainings as part of their internship. Induction,

Support & Supervision
• The volunteer will receive an induction to the organisation
• Interns receive initial and “on the job” training throughout the internship from their supervisor.
• The volunteer will receive ongoing support and feedback from the supervisor at regular intervals.
• The Events Intern will be supervised by the Volunteer Centre Manager Expectations
• The volunteer conducts him/herself in a professional manner
• The volunteer is respectful towards all staff, clients and other volunteers
• Good time keeping

Benefits
• Gain insight and experience in event and volunteer planning, co-ordination, and management
• Opportunity to work in and learn about volunteering in Ireland
• Gain first hand experience in a supportive office environment
• Opportunity to build up your C.V.

Expenses
The Events Intern will be reimbursed receipted out-of-pocket expenses in line with the Volunteer Centre’s Policy Applications Please apply with a cover letter and CV to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Funded by Department of Environment, Community & Local Government Supported by Fingal County Council      
Fingal Volunteer Centre, a local Volunteer Centre is a member of Volunteer Ireland

Fingal Volunteer Centre
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