Checklist for involving Event Volunteers

Pre-event Checklist

Event checklistIf an Event Volunteer Manager is not provided by oursleves please name the co-ordinator of the Event Volunteers on the day. This person will need to be available for the event and should enjoy being a communicator / co-ordinator.

Liaise with the Volunteer Centre to agree the details of the event/ project. There must be a clear project and role descriptions for the work of Event Volunteers.

Ensure all the materials and equipment that Event Volunteers need are there on the day. Have a chat with our Event Volunteers Staff if you are unsure of what you’ll need.

Ensure the Health and Safety of all participants. It is important that no risks are taken and that all appropriate safety guidelines are followed. It may be neccessary to carry out a Risk Assessment, again please contact the Event Volunteers Team if you need assistance.

Prior to the day

Establish if certain members of any of the Event Volunteers have any physical considerations that may effect their participation in the project.

Confirm that you are properly insured. Normally Public Liability Insurance will cover such events but please confirm with your Insurer. Fingal Volunteer Centre will not accept any liability for claims arising from Event Volunteeers being involved.

Arrange some time before the event/project to meet with the Event Volunteers to brief them on their work (as per your role description/s). On the day is fine, or you might prefer to arrange and information session a few days beforehand.

On the day of the event:

Event Volunteers experience with your organisation will have a lasting impact and will influence their commitment in the future so please bear in mind.

Be at the event site early and ready to greet the volunteers.

Make sure everyone is expecting them to ensure a warm welcome.

Usually volunteers are keen to get started on the event but we suggest providing a cup of tea and some biscuits (perhaps while you briefly go over the project and tasks for the day.)

Some volunteers may be unsure of their roles so it is a good ides to check in with them as they begin their tasks, making sure everyone is comfortable with his or her role.

Allow the volunteers an an opportunity to get their bearings in a new environment.

Give the Event Volunteers a short tour of the site and cover “domestic” arrangements is important e.g where coats and personal items can be left, where the bathroom is, where the first aid box is located and where to get tea/ coffee, arrangements for lunch etc

Highlight any safety issues, letting volunteers know if there are areas they shouldn’t access/enter.

It is important to be on hand on the day to engage with the volunteers, oversee their work, answer any questions, offer support etc. This is important in order to maintain clarity of roles throughout the day and build a good working relationship.

Lunch and coffee should ideally be provided and these breaks in the day often provide valuable opportunities to check in with volunteers and express thanks for their efforts.

After the event

It is a good idea to send a thank-you email to volunteers, which the Volunteer Centre would be happy to circulate to those that participated

What do Event Volunteers do?

The benefits of engaging Event Volunteers are wide and variedWhat tasks can Event Volunteers do?

Event Volunteers was setup to respond to various events, as well as responding to calls for large groups of people to volunteer at community events such as concerts, environmental events, sporting events and community events.

Roles may include community clean-ups, tree-planting, stewarding, acting as event ambassadors, providing information to the general public, as well as promoting Event Volunteers at our Volunteer Hub.  Much of the volunteering will be outdoor and include some physical activity so volunteers will be expected to bear this in mind when volunteering to be part of Event Volunteers.  We will not undertake fund raising roles for an organisation.

How does it work?

Organisations apply for the services of Event Volunteers. If you are based in Fingal County please contact Fingal Volunteer Centre, if you are based outside Fingal contact Volunteer Ireland.

Once it has been established that the project has the necessary supports (including clear volunteering role describitions, insurance, co-ordinator), then Event Volunteers will be contacted to inform them of an upcoming event.  

Once they indicate their availability and willingness to participate, potential Event Volunteers will then be engaged in orientation and training prior to the event.

Who do I get more information from?

Event Volunteers is a joint project of Fingal Volunteer Centre and Volunteer Ireland.

For enquires inside Fingal County please contact Daiga Martins Bourges in Fingal Volunteer Cenre daiga@volunteerfingal.ie (01) 899 1921. For enquiries outside Fingal please contact Stuart Garland in Volunteer Ireland stuart@volunteer.ie (01) 636 9446

What are Event Volunteers?

Staff and Volunteers working together is a key to the success of any Event VolunteersvpartnershipThe notion of Event Volunteers came around in early 2013. The Fingal Volunteer Centre team had worked on a number of Volunteer Management events projects and we were aware that some volunteers were not having the best expereience of volunteering at these events.

As a brokerage for volunteers and volunteer involving organisations Volunteer Centres are well positioned to know and understand what good volunteer management means.

The concept of Event Volunteers comes from two strands: South Dublin County Volunteer Corps (run by South Dublin Volunteer Centre) and City Guides run Volunteer Centre Westminster (London).  Both projects are very different in what they offer and we believe that Event Volunteers owes a lot to both projects in how we have developed the concept of Event Volunteers.  In addition along the way our team have gained much experience in running Volunteer Management for other organisations including Volunteer Ireland.

In order to register as an Event Volunteer you must be 16 years or older on the day you apply, in the case of some events you may need to be 18 to volunteer.  There is no upper age limit.