IVCO 2024

Newcastle

Schedule

Monday, 9 SEPTEMBER 2024

Welcome Day

09:00 - 17:00
Student Skills Centre Training Room
17:00 - 18:00
Great Hall, Sutherland Building
18.00 - 21.00
Social Time
Great Hall, Sutherland Building

Tuesday, 10 september 2024

Crises of Today and Crises of Tomorrow

Day 1 will frame where volunteering sits in relation to historical, contemporary, and future global crises. We will collectively explore the depth of the crises and what they mean for volunteering and development and for the work of volunteer-involving organisations. During this first day of IVCO 2024, we expect delegates to:

  • Identify intersecting global crises and why they are relevant for volunteering and development.
  • Share experiences on the roles of volunteering in addressing contemporary global socioeconomic, environmental and technological challenges in different contexts.
  • Promote ‘questioning’ instead of solutioning as an effective approach to understanding and tackling prevailing challenges faced by volunteer-involving organisations.
08:30 - 09:30
Social Time
Registration and morning coffee

Get registered, grab a cup of coffee, meet your fellow conference delegates, and get settled into your seats.

Students' Union (Domain)
09:30 - 09:45
Welcome and ways of being together

Housekeeping announcements, logistical notes and sharing ways of being together throughout the IVCO 2024 conference.

Students' Union (Domain)
09:45 - 10:15
Energiser
‘Geordie’ energiser

Canny morning! Ya alreet? Let's start connecting with each other and exploring the regional 'Geordie' identity and dialect from the Tyneside region of Northeast England.

Students' Union (Domain)
10:15 – 10:30
Collective Activity
Why are we here? Mapping IVCO24 expectations

Quick exercise for delegates to collectively share what they anticipate gaining from this year’s IVCO conference.

Students' Union (Domain)
10:30 – 11:00
Panel Session
Building bridges: Volunteering and solidarity amidst global crises of today and tomorrow

The keynote speech will set the conference’s tone by inspiring delegates to reflect about volunteering, connections and solidarity in the context of global crises.

Students' Union (Domain)
11:00 – 11:30
Social Time
Students' Union (Escape)
11:30 - 12:00
Panel Session
Setting the scene: Volunteering for solidarity in times of crises

This session will unpack the conference theme of ‘Building and Sustaining Connections for Change: Volunteering for Solidarity’, what the conference theme means for academics, practitioners, government and policymakers.

Students' Union (Domain)
12:00 – 12:30
Collective Activity
Food for thought: Collective reflection activity

Engage in open discussions, share questions and exchange reflections on both the keynote speech and the roundtable session in smaller groups.

Students' Union (Domain)
12:30 – 13:45
Social Time
STUDENTS' UNION (ESCAPE)
13:45 - 14:00
Transition time

Time to make your way from lunch to the breakout sessions, grab a take-away coffee and follow the signs and volunteers!

FROM STUDENTS' UNION TO SANDYFORD BUILDING
14:00 - 15:30
Breakout Session
What questions do the intersecting global crises raise for volunteering and development?

Engage in breakout sessions curated as ‘brave’ spaces to have difficult conversations, share challenges and situate volunteering in the wider ecosystem of development, understanding the nature of crises and what they mean to the sector.

SANDYFORD BUILDING
15:30 - 16:00
Social Time
Students' Union (Escape)
16:00 – 17:00
Collective Activity
Convivial work: Facing the big questions

Let's reconvene in the plenary room and share learnings and key reflections from Day 1 through facilitated smaller group discussions before we close the day!

Students' Union (Domain)
17:00 – 17:30
Wrap-Up
Day 1 Wrap-up

Final plenary session to summarise key highlights of the day and share updates and final announcements.

Students' Union (Domain)

Wednesday, 11 september 2024

Exploring Relationships for Solidarities in Times of Crises

Day 2 will focus on examining the kinds of relationships in volunteering, whether they are fit for purpose and how we might strengthen them to shape more sustainable ways of working. On this day we will flip the script, collectively exploring ideas of ‘failure’ and how these ideas can be a starting point for change. Through engaging sessions and conversations, delegates will be invited to share their experiences and collectively consider the relationships and solidarities that are needed at times of compounded crises, and how these can be created and sustained through volunteering. During this second day of IVCO 2024, we expect delegates to:

  • Critically reflect on the status quo and unpack what solidarity in its diversity currently looks like in volunteering spaces.
  • Draw from each other’s experiences to identify areas that need reform and areas where good practices need to be enhanced and be used in shared learning.
08:30 - 09:30
Social Time
Registration and morning coffee

Get registered, grab a cup of coffee, meet your fellow conference delegates, and get settled into your seats.

Students' Union (Domain)
09:30 - 09:50
Energiser
Welcome and energising recap

We will kickstart the day through an energising recap of Day 1 to get us geared up for Day 2.

Students' Union (Domain)
09:50 – 10:50
Collective Activity
‘How to break a partnership’: An accessible toolkit!

We have all heard about how to make a great partnership - but what about breaking one? In this session, delegates will be challenged to explore failure when reflecting on existing and potential future connections and relationships.

Students' Union (Domain)
10:50 - 11:20
Social Time
Students' Union (Escape)
11:20 - 11:30
Transition time

Time to make your way to the breakout sessions, grab a take-away coffee and follow the signs and volunteers!

From Students' Union to Sandyford Building
11:30 – 12:45
Breakout Session
Changing relationships for a world in crisis

Engage in breakout sessions to explore the different ways we can think about solidarity, where it might already be present in our work and how the process of asking questions might help us to strengthen it further.

Sandyford Building
12:45 - 13:45
Social Time
Students' Union (Escape)
13:45 - 14:00
Transition time

Time to make your way from lunch to the breakout sessions, grab a take-away coffee and follow the signs and volunteers!

From Students' Union to Sandyford Building
14:00 – 15:30
Breakout Session
Changing relationships for a world in crisis

Engage in breakout sessions to explore the different ways we can think about solidarity, where it might already be present in our work and how the process of asking questions might help us to strengthen it further. The theme will be the same of morning breakouts, but there will be different sessions/speakers.

Sandyford Building
15:30 - 16:00
Social Time
Students' Union (Escape)
16:00 – 17:00
Collective Activity
Convivial work: Building mutually supportive relationships

Let's reconvene in the plenary room and share learnings and key reflections from Day 2 through facilitated smaller group discussions before we close the day!

Students' Union (Domain)
17:00 – 17:30
Wrap-Up
Day 2 Wrap-Up

Final plenary session to summarise key highlights of the day and share updates and final announcements.

Students' Union (Domain)
17:30 - 21:00
Social Time
Students' Union (Habita)

Thursday, 12 september 2024

Embarking on a Collective Journey of Volunteering for Transformative Change

Day 3 will focus on sharing existing practices and exploring new approaches to relationships that can enhance the impact of volunteering and strengthen our capacities to navigate the crises of today and tomorrow. We will explore how volunteering is being re-imagined and re-configured to build solidarities to promote sustainable development. The day will particularly focus on the connections between the kinds of relationships that volunteering can create and produce, and how these relationships can enhance capacities, promote resilience, speak back to power, and shape more sustainable ways of living and being. We will round up discussions from previous days on the ways relationships are built, fostered and maintained in the sector, including addressing challenges of trust building in an increasingly divided world. During this final day of IVCO 2024, we expect delegates to reflect upon:

  • How might a better relationship with ourselves, with others and with the environment play a role in creating the better world we know is possible?
  • How can we resource personal and collective resilience in times of crisis and uncertainty?
  • Moving forward, how can we better support each other to sustain relationships that promote transformative change?
08:30 - 09:30
Social Time
Registration and morning coffee

Get registered, grab a cup of coffee, meet your fellow conference delegates, and get settled into your seats.

Students' Union (Domain)
09:30 - 09:45
Energiser
Welcome and energising recap

We will kickstart the day through an energising recap of Day 2 to get us geared up for Day 3.

Students' Union (Domain)
9:45 - 10:00
Social Time
Group photo

Let’s capture the moment with all IVCO 2024 delegates together!

Students' Union (Domain)
10:00 – 10:50
Panel Session
Packing for the journey!

The session will focus on key take-aways for the future through a dialogue on what it means to shift from ‘volunteering for development’ to ‘volunteering for solidarity’ approach. What do we need to ‘pack’ for this journey?

Students' Union (Domain)
10:50 - 11:20
Social Time
Students' Union (Escape)
11:20 - 11:30
Transition time

Time to make your way to the breakout sessions, grab a take-away coffee and follow the signs and volunteers!

From Students' Union to Sandyford Building
11:30 – 12:45
Breakout Session
The impacts of volunteering in a divided world

Engage in breakout sessions to explore how to sustain mutually supportive relationships and promote transformative change in different ways through volunteering.

Sandyford Building
12:45 - 14:00
Social Time
Students' Union (Escape)
14:00 - 14:15
Transition time

Time to make your way from lunch to the breakout sessions, grab a take-away coffee and follow the signs and volunteers!

From Students' Union to Sandyford Building
14:15 – 15:30
Breakout Session
The impacts of volunteering in a divided world

Engage in breakout sessions to explore how to sustain mutually supportive relationships and promote transformative change in different ways through volunteering. The theme will be the same of morning breakouts, but there will be different sessions/speakers.

Sandyford Building
15:30 – 16:00
Wrap-Up
Closing ceremony

We will wrap-up IVCO 2024 with high level take-aways from the conference and the announcement the hosts and theme for IVCO 2025!

Students' Union (Domain)
16:00 - 16:30
Social Time
Students' Union (Escape)

Friday, 13 September 2024

Research, Policy, Practice and Learning (RPPL) Day

09:30 - 16:00
Research, Policy, Practice and Learning Day Activities

The Forum Research, Practice, Policy and Learning (RPPL) Day brings Forum members together with researchers and academics who work in the field of volunteering. 

Student Skills Centre Training Room