INCLUSIVE VOLUNTEERING PROJECT

The Inclusive Volunteering Project that aims to build intercultural understanding and solidarity through practices of volunteerism that embrace multicultural understanding and solidarity 

ABOUT INCLUSIVE VOLUNTEERING

The Inclusive Volunteering Project is a joint project with Loesje Berlin, Ljubljana Pride, YIHR Croatia & YIHR Serbia aims to build intercultural understanding and solidarity through activities involving local communities into practices of volunteerism that embrace multiculturalism understanding and solidarity. It enhances the effectiveness of EU policy tools on inclusion and diversity strategy by positioning volunteering of marginalised groups (especially LGBTIQ+ and racialised people and national/ethnic minorities) as a key tool for promoting solidarity and multiculturalism among EU citizens and beyond.

This is done 3 collaborative events ways:

– Study visit In Ireland
– Conference In Slovenia
– Experimental Seminar in Croatia

These events create a space to explore the concept of solidarity and the importance of volunteering in vulnerable groups and how to support them.
The project have extensively engaged with how volunteering can be used as an effective tool to eradicate homophobia, xenophobia and racism and how to create inclusive environments when working with different stakeholders.

The project encourages the highlighting of good practice volunteering examples of young people coming from marginalised groups that affected real change in local context, especially in areas of intercultural understanding and solidarity. Diverse approaches, methodologies and tools are employed to promote the concept of inclusive organisations and to strengthen volunteering practices as tools for intercultural understanding and solidarity.

UPCOMING EVENTS

20 – 21 ST SEPTEMBER

OUTSIDE-IN: PRACTICE SHARING IN INCLUSIVE VOLUNTEERING CONFERENCE

Join us from 20 – 21st September for an engaging discussion of practices that are being used to ensure volunteers from minoritised backgrounds are welcome and included.

As part of the Inclusive Volunteering Project, INAR is hosting the Outside In: Practice Sharing In Inclusive Volunteering Conference. This will include showcases from different range of organisations that actively use volunteers and explore how they have ensured their programmes and initiatives are not only intentionally inclusive but also accessible to ALL members of Irish society.

The conference will use a World Cafe format to ensure extensive discussion with all the topics on display. It will be centered on the key themes of power and privilege as well as offering practical discussions on programmes directly engaging with volunteers from minoritised backgrounds and identities.

Organisations offering showcases  include:

– Muslim Sisters of Eire         

– Comhlamh 

– National Youth Council

– Bronwyn April

– Cork Volunteer Centre       

– Dublin Volunteer Centre

– Volunteer Ireland

– Sports Against Racism Ireland

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP with comms@inar.ie

PREVIOUS INCLUSIVE VOLUNTEERING EVENTS

FESTIVAL OF OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE IN CSOs

This event was hosted by YIHR Croatia, and consisted a series of workshops as well as interactive and networking events. The goal was to promote Civil Society Organisations as inclusive and attractive places for employment, apprenticeship, and other types of volunteering for students and young NEETs. At the same time while increasing the employability of young people who have completed social sciences and humanities qualifications and connecting them with civil society organizations that find it difficult to reach quality staff.

The event a wide variety of events ranging from panel discussions on what it takes to work in CSOs and how to make CSOs inclusive. There were also creative and skill development workshops. Together with our friends at the National Youth Coucil, INAR hosted the Hear Truth Workshop, an interactive workshop exploring how art can be used as a tool for bringing out change.