Civil Society: How do we keep the space open?

#FirstWeds Civil Society: How do we keep the space open. Last night saw the launch of our new season of #FirstWeds debates and discussion.  The panel included Cathleen O’Neill, Alice Mary Higgins, Liam Herrick and James O’Brien. The evening was moderated by Eilish Dillon . Full bio details can be found below the video.   The discussion looked at a number of things including; The power relationships between different

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Culture Night 2017 @ Comhlámh

Comhlámh’s Ireland Says Welcome group invites you to join us for a night of story-telling, music, food, poetry and crafts, celebrating the life, culture and struggles of the undocumented in Ireland and those fleeing war and persecution and seeking a new life here in Ireland. Our full programme for 22nd September is: 5:30 pm Doors open Visit the mural to the late Marius Schoon,

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Irish Aid Volunteering Fair 2017

We are delighted to announce that this year’s Irish Aid Volunteering Fair will take place on Saturday 07 October, from 11.00am – 5.00pm at the Hibernia Conference Centre in Dublin Castle.     Once again we welcome 35 volunteer sending agencies and other interested organisations, who will showcase their overseas placements and be available to answer your questions about volunteering and development work.  There

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Recruitment training for international volunteer sending agencies

Recruitment training for international volunteer sending agencies Tuesday, 17th October, 10 am  – 4.30 pm Participation fee: 20 Euro (10% discount for Solidarity Partners)   This training is aimed at strengthening sending agencies’ capacity to develop and implement volunteer recruitment procedures that are equitable, consistent and transparent. It will help you to develop volunteer recruitment guidelines for your organisation, develop volunteer role descriptions and

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Comhlámh Volunteering in Humanitarian Aid dissemination event

  Check out our video from the volunteering in humanitarian aid event which showcased a photo exhibition of volunteers from Europe and the Global South engaged in humanitarian work. The evening afforded us the opportunity to hear from three incredible panel speakers about their experiences of volunteering in various refugee camps within Europe and alongside local volunteers during the Ebola response in Sierra Leonne.

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Magda El Haitem speaks on behalf of Volunteer Groups Alliance.

James O’Brien of the Volunteer Groups Alliance has been taking part in the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) at the UN, which is overseeing the implementation of the SDGs. He has shared a great speech by Magda El Haitem (a returned volunteer of France Volontaires). She spoke on behalf of the Volunteer Groups Alliance of which Comhlámh is a member. We look forward to

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CETA – The implications for Ireland.

The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), like the flawed TTIP agreement before it, is a new generation trade agreement that risks undermining a range of rights and ultimately our democracy. The aim of this guide  – ‘CETA – The implications for Ireland’ – is to raise awareness about CETA and its potential impacts. It provides information and seeks to stimulate public discussion around

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WHAT NEXT? What happens between the ‘wake up call’ and the bit where people start doing things differently?

  Date: October  20th – 22nd  2017. Location: Eolas Soileir, Wellington, Co Wexford           The course will cover the following: – Opportunity to meet other returned volunteers in an inspirational space; – Discussions on next steps and your potential role in the ‘bigger picture’ of change-making and wave-riding; – Preparing for an Action Project – putting your experience and skills into practice

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Hvala (Thank you) Zavod Voluntariat, Slovenia

In May 2017, Comhlamh’s CSV Charlotte went to Slovenia on exchange trip where she visited Zavod Voluntarait (ZV) as part of the VolinHA project.   This CSV exchange trip was organised as part of the Volunteering in Humanitarian Aid project in the EU Aid Volunteers Initiative (EUAVI).     In short, this visit was nothing short of amazing. It gave me many opportunities, offering

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