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Volunteer Movement Building

Volunteer Movement Building
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - 12:30 to 14:00
CO3 Offices (34 Shaftesbury Square, Belfast, BT2 7DB)

It does not matter whether your mission is to cure a disease, save the planet, feed the hungry, or accomplish a myriad of other ambitious goals to make the world a better place.  These goals can’t be accomplished using staff alone.  You need a volunteer movement to assist you.   You need to inspire and motivate volunteers to work with you hand in hand.  

There are a number of benefits to building a Volunteer Movement:

  • Your organisation will benefit by expanding its reach and impact.
  • Your staff will be recharged by their relationships with volunteers.
  • Public, Private  and Non-Profit organisations and the government will see you as the champion of your cause given the engaged community you have across Northern Ireland.


Wendy Osborne, CEO,  of Volunteer Now will set the context for  engaging volunteers in the Voluntary and Community sector  here in N.Ireland and will also outline some of the existing support  organisations can access to grow their volunteering  programmes. 

Iris Pendergast  will provide an overview of the vision, strategies, and systems necessary for a not for profit organisation to lead a volunteer movement in expanding capacity and fundraising.  This short introductory session will help you to consider how we can learn from an internationally successful model on how to better recruit, train, develop, inspire and activate volunteers to champion your cause. 

The event will be of interest to CEO’s, Trustees, Senior Managers, Volunteer Managers and Fundraisers who have an interest in this area.

Date:     Tuesday 26 April 12.30pm-2pm

Venue :  CO3 Offices (34 Shaftesbury Square, Belfast, BT2 7DB)

Cost:     Free to CO3 Members/ Trustee Network ;   Non Members - £25

To book please email sarah@co3.bz .

About the Speaker

Partner, the Lysander Group LLC


Iris Pendergast has an established reputation as a builder of volunteer movements for preeminent nonprofit organisations across the globe.  Regardless of an organisation’s size, resources, or culture she has succeeded in helping them put the systems in place to identify, recruit, and retain passionate advocates for their respective causes.

“I am committed to the belief that cures can be found, hunger can be erased and that the planet can flourish - it just takes a movement of passionate, educated and inspired staff and volunteers.”

She began her non- profit career focusing on community mobilisation at the local level in both Ireland and in the United States.  Most recently she was the Managing Director of the American Cancer Society’s Global Relay For Life and established successful Relay For Life programs in twenty-four countries. 

Iris’s background includes building sustainable non-profits through “real, workable” strategic planning, developing leadership volunteers, and in implementing best practices for fundraising and special event growth.


Wendy Osborne

CEO, Volunteer Now

Wendy is CEO of Volunteer Now who seek to provide a cohesive and creative regional to local service to recognise, encourage and support the contribution of individuals giving time to enhance the well being of their communities.

Wendy has been actively involved at a Northern Ireland and UK policy level in relation to the promotion and development of volunteering. Wendy has also given leadership to developing and delivering volunteer management best practice and quality standards. She remains an enthusiastic volunteer and over the past 35 years has been involved in a range of volunteer activities, from youth work to adult literacy tutoring; from establishing a local history society to school governor. This voluntary involvement has made a vital contribution to her personal and professional development. In 2000 Wendy was awarded the OBE for services to volunteering.

Wendy is currently a Board Member of IAVE with responsibility for taking forward the development of a global network of National Volunteer Centres.