London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and the 2013 World Police and Fire Games, being hosted in Belfast

The University of Ulster and Volunteer Now are working in conjunction to develop Northern Ireland’s Volunteers in preparation for London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and the 2013 World Police and Fire Games, being hosted in Belfast.

Volunteer Now have reached an agreement with London 2012 whereby all participants who complete the Event Management for Volunteer course, that apply through the central London 2012 volunteer application process, will receive an interview to become a ‘Games Maker’ (London 2012 Games Time volunteer) and therefore help them take a step closer to taking part in a once in a lifetime opportunity.

This module introduces students to event management for volunteers. It will provide an awareness and fundamental understanding of the disciplines involved in event management, including the importance of good practice. Learning will be enhanced through a combination of lectures, practical sessions and self learning.
Course Dates: 18 September 10am – 6pm and 19 September 10am – 3pm

OR 09 October 10am – 6pm and 10 October 10am – 3pm

Venue: University of Ulster, Jordanstown

Cost: £26.25

Credit Points: 5 (Level 3)

Enrolment:

Please follow the link to the application form http://docs.google.com/fileview?id=0B2Qp_SQ5iHJGYjE4ZGYxYmItNGQwMS00MzJjLTkyODgtZTdjNGQzMTVjZDIx&hl=en_GB and return to the Lifelong Learning Department with a cheque (payable to the University of Ulster) for £26.25.

Please note places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Provisional Timetable:
Saturday

Time Topic

10.15-11.15am The Nature and Scope of Volunteering and Volunteer Management in Major Events in Northern Ireland and Opportunities Now, 2012 and Beyond

11.30-12.30pm Child Protection Awareness Training

12.30-1pm Lunch (not provided)

1-3pm Child Protection Awareness Training

3-6pm Customer Service and Spectator Control / Stewarding

Sunday

Time Topic

10.00-10.15am Event Management for Volunteers Assessment Procedure

10.15-11.15am Fire Awareness, Health and Safety and First Aid

11.15-11.30am Break

11.30-2.30pm Effective communication, Managing Conflict and Equal Opportunities

Context:

In September 2009 the Volunteer Development Agency carried out research into Volunteering and Volunteer Management in Major Events in NI. Within the research there was a clearly identified need, with over two thirds in agreement, for a bespoke accredited course aimed at Event Management for Volunteers (Event Volunteers NI). In addition the NI Volunteer Strategy for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games clearly outlines the objective to “ensure volunteers have access to training and accreditation opportunities”
Aim:

Using the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games as a ‘hook’ to encourage a diversity of Northern Irish people to engage in a wider volunteer programme that enables participants to:

• Achieve an awareness and fundamental understanding of the disciplines involved in event management for volunteers;

• Develop their own skills, learning and interests;

• Gain University of Ulster accreditation (Level 3); and

• Utilise their learnt skills for future volunteer opportunities, route to employment and / or career progression.
Content:

Event Management for Volunteers will introduce participants to the area of event management for volunteers, highlight the importance of good practice and enable them to make a full and productive contribution to future major events. It will encompass the following modules:

• First Aid

• Fire Awareness Health & Safety

• Child Protection

• Managing Conflict

• Effective Communication

• Equal Opportunities

• Customer Service, Spectator Control, Stewarding

• Nature and scope of volunteering and volunteer management in major events in NI

• Opportunities now, 2012 and beyond

Assessment:

Practical / Portfolio – each participant will be required to keep a personal log for the practical volunteering delivered

Outcomes:

• Encourage greater awareness of and access to event volunteer opportunities

• Enable increased support for potential ‘event’ volunteers

• Establish a skilled pool of volunteers for future major events in NI

• Strengthen future bids for major events in NI

For more information please contact Lyne Greenwood 2012 Project Manager T: 028 9081 8319 E: lynegreenwood@volunteernow.co.uk

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