Our latest Volunteer Leadership Seminar took place on May 16th in the beautiful Bellingham Castle to celebrate National Volunteering Week 2017.
Designed to compliment Volunteer Leadership Training Courses,these free annual seminars are an opportunity to meet with other like minded volunteer managers & coordinators, paid and unpaid to discuss topics affecting those who lead volunteers.
These free to attend forums include a presentation on a volunteer management topic selected by participants. These seminars are interactive in their format.
This year, our volunteer managers were put through their paces by comedian Joe Rooney in a game of 'Blind Date', where we matched skilled volunteers with local organisations they had never met before.
The theme of the morning was 'Do Good, Feel Good' where the focus was on how best to show volunteers the impact of their volunteering, because we feel good when we know we are doing good.
We also used the seminar to speak about the launch of a new report on the impact of volunteering on the health and well-being of volunteers. Recognition of the work that volunteers do across Irish society and the impact it has on them is extremely important. This report takes a different approach by exploring exactly how people feel when they volunteer, what it is about volunteering that elicits these feelings and how exactly volunteering impacts on the overall well-being of volunteers. It also identifies the various factors which affect how volunteering impacts a person’s well-being.
We asked: 'What did you find most beneficial about the day?'
"Great day, fun, lots of valuable info. Good job!"
"Was great meeting other organsations who use the volunteer centre and also seeing things from the volunteers' view."
"Information was delivered in a very humorous way. Makes you reflect how you sell your volunteering opportunities to potential volunteers."
"The facilitors were excellent. Great information to take back to the group-make me think that about how we can further our group."
"Getting a better understanding of how the Louth Volunteer Centre can support the needs of community groups and events."