Training & Workshops
This section includes general information on training and workshops for the community and voluntary and non-profit sector. Links to free and paid training opportunities are also available on our resources page.
What types of training are available?
There are both mandatory and voluntary trainings available to organisations either through online courses or in-person sessions. Trainings can be organised for individuals, such as volunteers or CEOs and managers of voluntary organisations, or groups of volunteers.
Individuals: There are many training programmes available in leadership skills and other essential requirements such as Occupational First Aid for managers of voluntary organisations. Volunteer Ireland also hosts an annual Volunteer Management Conference, which can be a great networking opportunity for CEOs and managers.
Groups: There are also many group training programmes coordinated by companies and organisations specialised in helping the voluntary sector, many of which can be offered in your organisation’s offices. Some topics might cover foundation facilitation skills, staff support, team development, drug awareness, etc.
Most of these trainings are paid opportunities but can be very helpful for motivating and developing your team or volunteers.
What training level is expected or recommended for a voluntary organisation?
Every sector is different, so training levels vary. However, there are several required trainings that may affect your organisation, so it is important to be aware of these.
Mandatory Health & Welfare Training:
For any organisation which runs public events, at least one Occupational First Aider should be trained and present in case of emergencies. Additional staff may take free online first aid and CPR training for general knowledge. Groups also must always make sure when running events to fill out a risk assessment form and ensure that your event is inclusive (i.e. is it wheelchair accessible? Is there a hearing loop available?)
For organisations working with young people, a Designated Liaison Person (DLP) for Child Protection is required as outlined here. Child Protection training is also required for volunteers working directly with young people, which can be found online here.
There are many other training opportunities available to voluntary organisations that are not required by law, but can make a significant difference to your organisation’s operations and impact.
You may also want to provide training for volunteers working with disadvantaged people of any kind (refugees, disabled, older people, etc) as it is important that any manager or volunteer receives training relevant to working with those people in a safe and healthy way.
Links to an array of training opportunities can be found on our resources page.
How can I organise a training for my organisation?
If your organisation is interested in arranging a group training, there are many important things to consider in the planning process:
- Choose a training topic & location – will it be a paid group training organised by an outside facilitator? If so, check with your chosen provider as to what their requirements might be. Most will offer support and advice as to required facilities, etc. If someone on your team is designing a training, make sure that person is qualified to do so and delivering an accurate and helpful programme.
- Ensure health and safety – make sure to do a risk assessment of the event and ensure that the event is inclusive for all participants, particularly those with disabilities. Check that your venue is appropriate and has the required Fire Safety Certificate for the number of attendees.
- Communicate effectively – it is important to have a traceable communication of the event as to the time, place, attendees & their contact information, and any allergies or special requirements (especially if snacks or lunch will be provided)
- Money matters – ensure that all event costs including facilitator, facilities, amenities, etc are considered before booking and that these costs match your events budget
- Assessment – After the training event, it is important to run a cost/benefit analysis within your team to establish whether the training had value and benefited those who attended. You may also want to give a survey to attendees at the end of the training to collect information for improvement.
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