Take A Look At Our Training Links Programme For 2015!

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Comhlamh were successful in accessing funding through the Wheel for the Comhlámh Code of Good practice signatories Training Link Network.

The Training Links Network Committee have put together a programme of events based on members needs identified from peer support meetings, feedback from members and the self audit process.

As the programme is funded through The Training Links Programme, registration costs/ deposit are kept to an absolute minimum to cover catering cost etc which is great value for training that would normally cost much more.

Don’t forget, Training Links events are open to all your full-time and part-time staff, volunteers, board members etc, the only criteria should be that participating will add to the capacity of your organisation.


If you want to book a place on any of these, please contact [email protected]


The full programme for 2015 is set out below and we’ll update it with further information as we go:






1. Social Media Fundamentals for Volunteer Sending Organisations. 


Thursday 30th July 10 -4pm.

Over half of Irish adults now use social networks like Facebook and Twitter on a regular basis, and for a growing number social media is a primary source of news and information. Yet, many organisations still struggle to use these tools to reach and mobilise their target audiences. This full-day workshop will equip you with the skills and knowledge to effectively engage with your stakeholders and communities. Participants will go away with a list of practical steps to implement after the workshop. Suitable for sceptics and enthusiasts alike!

Read all the details here. 




2. Child Safeguarding Training

Distance learning programme with a contact day on Thursday 10th of September from 10 -4pm.

The highest priority for code signatory organisations when they are consulted on training needs each year is child safeguarding.  This year we have decided to approach training in child safeguarding in a completely new way.

Our child safeguarding training will be delivered to participants over a 8 month period and will include online, traditional face-to-face and individual and group follow up through a moodle platform.

The training will be provided by Kimmage DSC course tutor Grace Kelly.

For a full breakdown of the modules and training please download this Child Safeguarding Training Available




Pictured: Gemma Baker, Shane O’Connor, Grainne O’Neill and Therese O’Driscoll at a day devoted to debriefing back in September 2015. Why not read this reflection on the need for debriefing? 

3. Debriefing Skills

5th September 






4. Monitoring 101 For directors/ Managers

Tuesday 6th October in the evening.

This workshop will be delivered to the Directors and Board members of the signatory. The workshop aims to give a board understanding of “Monitoring in Development” to signatory.

For full details please download and read this PDF.




5. Monitoring toolkit for practitioners

Thursday 8th October 10 – 4pm.

For full details please download and read this PDF.





6. A development education approach to volunteer programmes


Wednesday 11th November from 10 – 4pm.

This one-day workshop will be a space to explore. What we mean by Development Education in relation to Volunteer programmes? What do you need to be able to integrate a deved approach into your programme?

Why should development education be the way you do what you do? How volunteering overseas can be a resource for development education here in Ireland?

The day will be made up of participative methodologies relevant for all stages of the volunteer programme and will draw on the existing experience in the room. This training is not for spectators, participants will work to apply a DE approach to their specific volunteer programmes.





7. Conflict Management

This is a two day course on Wednesday 18th Thursday and 19th November. It runs from 9:30 – 4:30 pm.

By the end of this course, participants will be able to identify their own conflict management style and know what facets of their style that they need to develop.

You will also be able to identify the source and causes of conflict in organisational and community settings, and what needs to be in place to prevent conflict.

These two days will be highly active and participatory with discussions, examples and role plays.


Read more here.






8. Supporting LGBT Volunteers

Dates to be confirmed Training Links programme for CoGP Signatory Organisations: (Contact Philip)

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