Volunteer Ireland is delighted to announce that they recently secured funding from the EU as part of the European Year of Volunteering 2011 to develop a framework for a national quality standard for involving volunteers. This is in recognition of the key role best practice standards play in improving the quality of experience for volunteers and volunteer-involving organisations.
Volunteer Ireland has arrived!
Volunteer Centres Ireland and Volunteering Ireland have now merged to create Volunteer Ireland, a single national volunteering organisation for Ireland. The services and supports for volunteering previously offered by two organisations will now be delivered by one: from the Ireland InVOLved Awards to the National Day of Volunteering.
The good news is we have created an online toolkit with a host of information and useful tips to help you create new strategic volunteer roles and to manage and involve your volunteers effectively. And your local volunteer centre is here to help you every step of the way.
Best practice for managing volunteers
Whether you involve 1 or 1,000 volunteers, you need to manage your volunteers effectively. Our 20 Best Practice Guides will advise you on every aspect of managing volunteers and you can find out more about our National Volunteer Management Training Programme.Read More
Grow your organisation’s expertise and capacity
Thousands of mid to senior level business people want to volunteer their skills and make a real impact! But remember it's up to YOU to create relevant and appealing roles to match this demand. To help you get creative and strategic and to tap into a huge and talented skill pool, read on and watch videos of volunteers bringing myriad business skills to non-profit organisations all over Ireland.
What better way to learn but by example! Read case studies of organisations, large and small, who involve volunteers of all kinds, both strategically and extensively, including Special Olympics Ireland, Age Action, Irish Wheelchair Association and more.Read More
So, think of a new strategic volunteer role and post it online today! Checkout www.volunteer.ie/involving-volunteers/
Pat Carey T.D., Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs welcomed measures introduced in the Civil Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2010 by the Minister for Justice and Law Reform, Dermot Ahern T.D.
These new provisions will provide protection from liability for persons described as ‘good samaritans’, who act in good faith, without expectation of payment or reward and in a way that does not constitute gross negligence, to provide assistance, advice or care during an accident or emergency. Protection is also being provided from liability for persons involved in voluntary work for charitable or other purposes for the benefit of society, including sports, recreation and rescue.
Speaking on 31.8.10, Minister Carey said:
“I welcome these new provisions which will help protect volunteers and good Samaritans from incurring liability while engaged in charitable works or assisting others in good faith. It is essential that those who give of their time to help others in a selfless and voluntary manner do not fear legal repercussions.
In the current climate, it is vital that we encourage active citizenship and volunteering and protect those that partake in such activities. In addition to these provisions, I recently commenced further sections of the Charities Act 2009, which will help to safeguard the position of those charity trustees who fulfil their duties with integrity, but who still may be liable for court proceedings”.
Minister Carey concluded: “Promoting volunteering and active citizenship is a policy area which needs to be addressed and strengthened. I believe these provisions will support this aim and will contribute to the Government’s objective of a society which is inclusive, energised and which continues to place a focus on high levels of community engagement.”
The content of this press release does not purport to be a legal interpretation of the Civil Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2010.
Editor’s NoteThe Civil Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2010 provides for amendments to provisions across the range of civil and regulatory law.
Volunteer Centres Ireland and Minister Pat Carey launched a new online toolkit at the Wood Quay Venue, Dublin to address the fact that there is a shortage of interesting and relevant volunteer roles. 50,000 volunteers are registered with Volunteers Centres Ireland national online recruitment platform, but Charitable organisations are missing a chance as many of them are not creating relevant and suitable roles to tap into the demand that exists. Charitable organisations need help.
Volunteer Centres Ireland's new online toolkit is designed specifically to assist charitable organisations get strategic and creative and to help them create new, engaging and relevant volunteer roles that will, in turn, help them build capacity, develop themselves as organisations and most importantly extend their services in the communities they serve.
Dr Yvonne McKenna, CEO of Volunteer Centres Ireland said "Organisations need support and educational tools to inspire them as to the myriad ways in which they can engage volunteers with business skills. It’s highly unusual for a non-profit to possess all the business skills they need under one roof and they rarely have budget to recruit or outsource what’s missing. Today’s volunteer is dynamic, impactful, educated and experienced and is very keen to fit volunteering into their busy schedule. Today’s volunteers can work virtually, in short bursts or on longer term projects. Charitable organisations must meet the needs of today’s volunteer and learn to benefit from the resources at their disposal. This new toolkit helps them do exactly that.
Volunteer Centres Ireland works with over 6,000 organisations all over Ireland - we are very excited about sharing these tools: video stories, role descriptions, volunteer profiles, FAQs and case studies, and helping charitable organisations take volunteering to the next level”. This new online toolkit was develop by Fiona Sexton and is a result of funding received by her winning the Vodafone World of Difference Competition. Check out www.volunteer.ie/involving-volunteers