Keeping Cork Active
Keeping Cork Active

Volunteer Support Workshops

Cork Sports Partnership coordinate a portfolio of supports for sport and physical activity volunteers in Cork. These courses, workshops and webinars are developed in conjunction with local and national sporting bodies and organisations.

Cork Sports Partnership has teamed up with the Cork Volunteer Centre to host a number of FREE volunteer support workshops and training sessions over the coming months.

The current environment has placed considerable pressure on the community and voluntary sector and the ever changing circumstances means that administering volunteering roles, responsibilities and opportunities is adapting all the time. These workshops and training sessions seek to support the many individuals, organisations and agencies that involve volunteers across Cork communities. 

Upcoming Workshops

Thinking of Involving Volunteers: Volunteer Strategy & Recruitment

This workshop will equip participants with the basic knowledge they will require as they prepare for volunteer Involvement in their organisation. This workshop will be broken into two distinct sections: 

Planning for Volunteer Engagement:  

  • Why you involve volunteers
  • What motivates volunteers
  • Expectations of organisations and volunteers
  • Volunteer roles and role descriptions
  • Potential costs and risks of involving volunteers

Engaging with Volunteers: 

  • Advertising your volunteer roles
  • Screening
  • Application Forms
  • Interviewing Volunteers
  • Evaluation

About the trainers:

Gosia Waldowska is a Placement and Outreach Officer with Cork Volunteer Centre. Gosia supports volunteers and organisations involving volunteers in county Cork. She also acts as the Volunteer Coordinator for Cork Volunteer Centre.

Adam Lacey is a placement officer and Garda Vetting Liaison person in Cork Volunteer Centre, supporting volunteers and volunteer involving organisations in Cork City. Adam delivers training in areas such as volunteer management, leadership, Garda vetting and social media.

Course Details:

  • Date: TBC
  • Cost: FREE

Developing a Positive Volunteer Culture within your Organisation

The course will define organisational culture and consider how changing your culture impacts upon the volunteering experience. We will look at real examples of organisations which have developed a volunteer culture, and identify practical steps to take to change the culture within your organisation and we’ll help you recognise how aspects of culture might impact upon someone’s experience of volunteering.

About the trainer:

Dr Julie Connelly is Manager of Cork Volunteer Centre. She has over ten years’ experience delivering training on topics such as Volunteer Leadership. Her PhD research was on organisational culture.

Course Details:

  • Date: TBC
  • Cost: FREE

Managing Volunteers at Events

Volunteers play a key role in making events 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 event volunteers – from small events, races to big matches.

Course Details:

  • Date: TBC
  • Cost: FREE

Volunteer Support, Supervision & Recognition

To provide participants with an understanding of the key components of the day-to-day management of volunteers

Objectives:

  • Define volunteer management
  • Explain the components of volunteer management: volunteer agreements, volunteer induction, volunteer support and supervision & volunteer recognition
  • Identify support and supervision skills
  • Dealing with Difficult Situations

Who Should Attend?

Anyone involved in the day to day management of volunteers.

About the Trainer:

Gosia Waldowska is a Placement and Outreach Officer with Cork Volunteer Centre. Gosia supports volunteers and organisations involving volunteers in county Cork. She also acts as the Volunteer Coordinator for Cork Volunteer Centre.

Course Details:

  • Date: TBC
  • Cost: FREE

Engaging Young People in your Volunteer Programme

This module will equip participants with the basic knowledge they will require as they prepare  to engage with young people in their volunteer programmes.

This module will be broken into  two distinct sections: 

1. Planning for Youth Engagement  

  • Why involve young people in your volunteer programme? 
  • What motivates young people? 
  • Child Protection & Safeguarding Policies 
  • Garda Vetting Policy 
  • Consent Forms 

2. Engaging with Young Volunteers  

  • Roles & role descriptions 
  • Expectations 
  • Screening 
  • School Programmes 

Delivered by:  

Adam Lacey. Adam is a placement officer and Garda Vetting Liaison person in Cork Volunteer Centre, supporting volunteers and volunteer involving organisations in Cork City. Adam delivers training in areas such as volunteer management, leadership, garda vetting and social media.

Course Details:

  • Date: TBC
  • Cost: FREE

Garda Vetting Basics

This two-hour workshop will help your club/organisation to understand the basics of Garda vetting legislation. You will learn which roles should be Garda vetted, how to make this decision and the basics and practicalities of the Garda vetting process. The training will provide practical real life examples to work through with other participants on the course. Please note this is not child protection training.

Who should attend?

Garda Vetting or Child Protection Officers, Members of Committees or Boards of Management, Anyone involved in the recruitment of volunteers or paid employees.

About the trainer:

Dr Julie Connelly is the Garda Vetting Liaison Person for Cork Volunteer Centre who process Garda vetting applications for more than 250 non-profit groups across Cork City and County. She provides training, advice and support to non-profit groups requiring vetting. On average, the Cork Volunteer Centre team process approximately 2,000 vetting applications per year.

Course Details:

  • Date: TBC
  • Cost: FREE

Managing Volunteers with Additional Support Needs

Not only does everyone have the right to volunteer; everyone has something valuable to contribute. This course explores the benefits and risks of involving volunteers with additional support needs and how best to manage their integration with current volunteers and staff.

At the end of the course you will be able identify those with additional support needs; determine what additional supports may be required for their inclusion and decide as an organisation whether you will involve volunteers with additional support needs and what policies should be put in place.

Course Details:

  • Date: TBC
  • Cost: FREE

New Landscapes: Creating New Roles & Adapting Current Roles

This online session will cover key issues for volunteer programmes right now such as adapting current roles to fit current circumstances and creating new roles for new demands:

We will look at how to manage volunteers offsite, including virtual volunteering and volunteering from home.
Crucially, we will look at what organisations need to do to ensure their volunteer programmes can survive during these challenging times.

Facilitator: Sacha Johnston (Volunteer Ireland) 

Sacha is a consultant trainer with Volunteer Ireland. She has worked in the community and voluntary sector in Ireland, Canada and the United States for 20+ years and has a keen interest and passion for helping organisations grow their volunteer programmes and engage volunteers in new, innovative and meaningful ways.

Course Details:

  • Date: TBC
  • Cost: FREE

For further information, please contact James Kirby at jkirby@corksports.ie

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