Events Committee Member

Our organisation & programmes

Ozanam House is a community resource centre run by the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, one of the largest charitable and voluntary organisations in the world. It is located on the site of the original clothing and furniture warehouse in a building that has also been used by the Society for a variety of purposes for over 100 years. Since our opening in September 2002, we have continued to develop various programmes and projects that are aimed at addressing social exclusion as well as the many needs of the local community in Dublin’s north inner city. The centre now offers over 600 programme places to more than 500 people per week where our youngest member is 2 and our eldest is 96. We also engage 75 active volunteers who share their time and skills each week for the benefit of others.

Overview of the Volunteer Role
Things are busier now than ever in the centre especially with over 500 people using the centre each week. The demands on the service keep growing. Unfortunately, our challenge more than ever is to try and keep the funds in place to maintain the service and this challenge is growing each year especially in this difficult funding environment.

To reach our full potential and to achieve our goals in the centre we hold two fundraising events each year in March and October. Our biggest success so far has been ‘Ozanam Come Dancing’ held in March each year. This year we managed to raise €69,000 for our youth summer projects.
We succeeded in bringing a number of companies from the private sector on board this year and the funds raised show the benefits of this association. A huge amount of work goes into this event as well as other events we run during the year like bag packing, world cup forecast competition and car raffles to name a few.
To achieve this we require the support of our events team who work together to bring these events to life. Hence we are constantly seeking new volunteers for our Events Committee. There will be numerous roles on this committee for individuals with different skills.

Committee Tasks

  • To find and plan the venue
  • To plan, direct, support and control the events
  • To plan, develop and implement advertising for the events
  • To utilise networks to engage more representatives from the private sector in our events
  • To seek the support of companies and sponsors
  • To support event organisers and direct them in their work
  • To oversee the event on the night taking on various roles as agreed at a committee meeting
  • Other general responsibilities in the context of the role as agreed in the event committee meetings

 

Time commitment

The time commitment is flexible where more hours are required in the weeks and months leading up to the organised events. During this time of planning and preparation for the events, the volunteer is expected to commit to 2 hours of work per week to fulfil their tasks. This time can be spent in the centre or at home and the timing is flexible.
In lead up to the events, there will be regular meetings every two weeks.

The volunteer should commit to at least one event from the planning phase until the event night which will be approximately a period of four months.

 

Skills, Experience & Qualities Required and Utilised by Events Committee

  • Flexibility
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Very good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Good time management skills
  • Administrative skills
  • Graphic design skills
  • Digital media skills
  • Social media skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Creative thinking
  • Effective problem solving
  • Positive and energetic attitude and a strong desire to meet goals and commitments

 

Induction & Follow-Ups

  • The events committee member will have an initial meeting with the manager of Ozanam House, Tony Rock, to assess suitability for the role and where applicable and to agree on a timetable and schedule of duties in line with the volunteer role description
  • The volunteer will attend an induction/information night in the centre prior to his/her first engagement and will get a general information pack to become familiar with the centre and our procedures
  • In lead up to the events, there will be regular meetings every two weeks
  • Ongoing support can be expected whenever necessary
  • General volunteer meetings, for all volunteers of the house, will take place twice a year in May and November, volunteers of the Events Committee can attend if they want

 

Benefits

  • Personal development
  • Learn new skills in organising events
  • To see behind the scenes of an event, get closer to the action and play a role in making an event possible
  • Volunteers are able to attend the event taking on various roles where applicable
  • Opportunity to make a great difference – one that is positive and rewarding – to your life and your community
  • Opportunity to work in and learn about a community resource centre
  • Opportunity to build up valuable work experience
  • To have lots of fun and an enjoyable time in a progressive and energetic team

 

 

If you are interested in finding out more please contact us by phone or email –details below.

Go Team Ozanam! – THANK YOU ALL

A big congratulations and thank you to our Ozanam House Team members that took part in the Women’s Mini-Marathon over the weekend.

The funds they have raised will make a huge contribution to the new Sensory Room in Ozanam House. If you would like to to make a donation to this cause you can do so through this link.

 

 

Congratulations to All of Our Dancers

In Ozanam House, we are lucky to work with such incredible people every day. However, the dancers that take part in Ozanam Come Dancing go above and beyond the call of duty. Their tireless work and dedication goes unseen by most but is greatly appreciated beyond words by us here at Ozanam House.

Ozanam Come Dancing 2019 was our most successful to date and that is down mainly to our amazing dancers and their time and energy. This will mean that 2019 will be our greatest Summer Project yet and this will have a hugely positive impact on the community of the North Inner City. To our Superhero dancers; Thank You One and All.

Mega Prize Raffle Winners

A huge congratulations to all of our winners of the MEGA RAFFLE which was held in Liberty Hall at Ozanam Come Dancing 2019, on March 8th last. See a full list of our winners below.

All of our winners have been contacted and will collect their prizes in Ozanam House over the coming days.

Thank you so much much to everybody that bought and sold tickets. Our raffle raised €8,690 towards our overall total raised funds of €69,000 for Ozanam Come Dancing 2019.

3 Night City Break for two; Christy Canavan Ticket #352

Overnight stay at Ashford Castle; Evatagio Klingiene Ticket #299

Overnight stay at Mount Wolseley Hotel; Finn Cousidcio Ticket #2021

Family holiday to Trabolgan for a family of 5; Carlos Figueira Ticket #2091

Overnight stay at Cellbridge Manor Hotel; Monica Mak Ticket #1146

Overnight stay at Hamlet Court Hotel; Mary Murphy Ticket #343

Overnight stay at Lakeside Hotel; Beth Graham Ticket #3485

€300 Topflight holiday voucher; David O’Brien Ticket #3482

€70 accommodation voucher for Westport Hotel Group; Susan O’Callaghan Ticket #3431

Voucher for dinner for two; Linda Kenny Ticket #4334

Voucher for dinner for two; Irene Kelly Ticket #3282

Voucher for dinner for two; Helen Byrne Ticket #1282

Ozanam Come Dancing 2019 – Raises a staggering €69,000!

Ozanam Come Dancing 2019 

THANK YOU all for your support and for helping us to raise an incredible €69,000 resulting in €63,000 towards our summer youth programmes.

Massive congratulations to Tereza & Graham dancing ‘The Argentine Tango’ – our Ozanam Come Dancing Winners 2019!

A HUGE THANK YOU to all our dancers’ sponsors. Thanks also to the companies who donated goods and services to the event, to Tiernan O’Rourke and his team for producing all of our videos, to Eimear Donegan our Audio Visual Producer on the night, all of our many volunteer helpers on the night and to everyone involved for all of your efforts and support in making Ozanam Come Dancing 2019 an incredibly successful evening.

We look forward to seeing you all on the stage next year!

Congratulations to Our Ozanam Come Dancing 2019 Winners – Tereza and Graham dancing the Argentine Tango

A HUGE Congratulations to our Ozanam Come Dancing 2019 winners

Tereza and Graham danced ‘The Argentine Tango!’

Tereza and Graham both work for law firm McCann Fitzgerald. Tereza said of being involved in Ozanam Come Dancing 2019; “Even though the thought of performing live is daunting, any doubts I might have had dissipated when I met Tony and the Ozanam House team – their enthusiasm for their work is infectious. It is a privilege to be a part of such a wonderful fundraising effort” Graham added; “The Ozanam Come Dancing alumni at McCann FitzGerald have nothing but good things to say about the process and so I just had to get involved.”

Congratulations to Tereza and Graham again and to all our dancers on the night. You contributed to a wonderful night, but also to so much more, helping to raise so much funding for our Youth Summer Projects. The summer projects have such a positive impact on so many young people and children in the North-Inner City.

Thank you all so much.

 

Disco

Disco is a dance that was created from the music and subculture of Disco in the US in the late 60s and early 70s.

This movement was made famous by Donna Summer, the Bee Gees, Gloria Gaynor and a host of others.

Disco dance moves include the Bump, Penguin, the Boogaloo and the Robot.

Performed on the night by Jacqueline and Jordi to “Voulez Vous” by ABBA

The Charleston

Charleston is a harbour city in South Carolina. South Carolina is known as the Palmetto State due the fact its main forth was built on spongey palmetto wood which helped repel a British attack as the cannonballs simply bounced off the fortress. Perhaps it is no surprise the Charleston dance is characterised by its bouncy rhythmic movements.

The Charleston made its debut to the wider world in 1923 in the Broadway show Runnin’ Wild. It is comprised of the African dance Juba and consists of fast footwork with twisting, bouncing heelwork and swinging arms.

 

Performed on the night by Tara and James to “Bang” by Will.I.Am;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tqjl4nRSorM

 

and Helena and Michael to “Rock it For Me” by Caravan Palace;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBGSJ3sbivI