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Volunteer Now are holding their conference 'Volunteers Supporting Delivery of Public Service' on Wednesday 17th May in the iconic Crumlin Road Gaol.

We see this as an important event recognising that a range of public services in Northern Ireland already involve volunteers in providing valuable services such as Health & Social Care Trusts, schools and criminal justice organisations. The conference seeks to challenge public sector organisations to boost citizen participation and volunteer involvement and to highlight that involving volunteers is a great way of enabling the citizen to be not only a customer but a co-producer of our public services.

The conference follows on from Volunteer Now's launch of a toolkit for local councils in April 2016 entitled 'Supporting Civic Engagement, 10 Tips for Councils in Providing Civic Leadership for Volunteering'. The publication highlights the contribution volunteers can make and the good practice that underpins their effective involvement.

A number of keynote speakers have already been confirmed including:

  • Peter O'Reilly, Chief Executive, Manchester Fire & Rescue Service
  • Dr Michael McBride, Chief Medical Officer for Northern Ireland

As well as hearing from our keynote speakers and the opportunity to engage in a panel question and answer session, there will be a number of bite-sized workshops to inform and explain best practice in volunteer management, topical subjects such as innovative role descriptions, policy development, safeguarding and job substitution.

It is anticipated interest in the conference will be high so please follow this link to book online

Book 2 places by Friday 28 April 2017 and get them for £125 - saving £25!