The Comhlámh Coming Home weekend

This year’s Coming Home weekend took place in the Emmaus Centre, in Swords, at the beginning of November.   A number of returned volunteer development workers spent the weekend discussing the challenges they faced overseas, the benefits and rewards of those placements, and they talked about some of the demands of coming home.  Some of the participants have been “home” for many months and

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Radio/podcast training available for Comhlamh members and supporters.

We are excited to announce some radio training in collaboration with NearFM.   We have organised two sessions on Digital Audio Storytelling. These are five hour trainings,  taking place on  Saturday 27th January and 3rd February.   They will cover: Day 1: Interviewing for radio Recording on the go (using your phone, tablet or portable recorder) Audacity: Basic Digital Editing What story and how to

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Mid-term evaluation of the EU Aid Volunteers Initiative

In conjunction with partners from across the EU and global south, Comhlámh has produced a position paper for the mid-term evaluation of the EU Aid Volunteers Initiative. This captures our key learning and recommendations from two years’ of working together on a capacity building project.  It draws on our common experiences and the expertise of partners in Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Burundi, France, Ireland, Italy,

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Returned development workers and volunteers…. What Next?

Since early 2016, Comhlamh and three other organisations (finep-Germany, INEX- Czech Republic, Volunteering Matters- UK) across Europe have been involved in an Erasmus+-funded project called Volunteering for the Future. The project is aimed at returned development workers, to help them become more active citizens in their local and global communities.   But why? The issues we face, as well as the solutions we develop

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GOOD THINGS COME IN THREES

At the beginning of the month, Comhlámh had the joy of hosting our French partners, La Guilde over a three day visit. We welcomed, not one, not two, but three, La Guilde colleagues, Jean-Christophe, Marie and Jorge from the organisation who lead our #EV4U project working with partner organisations from the EU and the global south on good practice standards as part of the

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Erasmus+: Youth in Action training course

An update on recent Erasmus+: Youth in Action training in Berlin from Dervla.       The “Step Into Strategic Partnerships” course, organised by the German National Agency for the Erasmus+ programme, recently took place in Berlin.   I was lucky enough to be selected as a participant for the 5-day course, which was supported by Leargas . Participants came from a variety EU member states

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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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