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Call for volunteers at the upcoming One Young World Summit

Date: 21 Jun 2023

Category: City regeneration and development

Lord Mayor and volunteers in One Young World t-shirts outside City Hall

With the world’s largest gathering of young leaders taking place in Belfast this October, the call has gone out for volunteers to help roll out a giant welcome to Northern Ireland.

Welcoming more than 2,000 young leaders from over 190 countries, the One Young World Belfast Summit (2nd - 5th October) will represent four life-changing days of knowledge-sharing and networking, where young delegates will be counselled by some of the most influential political, business and humanitarian leaders in the world.

Belfast City Council are assembling groups of volunteers who will be charged with everything from welcoming delegates, hosting VIPs, being ‘accessibility buddies’ through to assisting at the opening and closing ceremonies.

Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Ryan Murphy said: “Feedback from previous high profile international events hosted in Belfast has confirmed that our volunteers play a crucial role in making visitors feel welcome through their enthusiasm, friendliness and pride in representing our city.

“One Young World provides another exciting opportunity to showcase Belfast and its people to an audience from across the globe, so I would encourage anyone interested to find out more, get involved and play your part in ensuring that this event is a huge success.”

Volunteer Now Chief Executive, Denise Hayward says Northern Ireland has a rich tradition of excelling in hosting international events. She said: “From the World Police and Fire Games through to the Giro d’Italia and The Open Championship, Volunteer Now has provided volunteers for some of the biggest events to take place in Northern Ireland.

“The feedback from the organisers of these events always praises the quality of our volunteers as well as the warmth of the welcome they provide to visitors from other countries. Organisers of the World Police and Fire Games in 2013 described them as the friendliest Games they had ever run while the R&A said the volunteers at the 148th Open at Portrush were second to none. 

“People from Northern Ireland are naturally welcoming and friendly, and we want people coming here to have a really good experience.

“From the perspective of our volunteers, we want to ensure their experience is meaningful and enjoyable. Training will be given, and you will be fully supported by the Volunteer Now team.”

Denise hopes that the One Young World Summit will leave a legacy of encouraging more people to get involved in volunteering.

She added: “We want our volunteers’ experience of the One Young World Summit to be really positive. We want them to be excited about volunteering and for them to continue their journey with us.”

The One Young World community has grown to a network of over 13,500 Ambassadors, whose projects have gone on to impact 35.8 million people worldwide. 

Following the opening ceremony, which will take place at the SSE Arena, delegates and returning Ambassadors will spend three days at the award-winning ICC Belfast for an action-packed agenda of speeches, panels, workshops and networking events. 

Positions will be available from Saturday 30 September until Friday 6 October; however, volunteers may be required to work past these dates. Applicants must be over 18, be fluent in English (written and spoken), flexible, reliable, friendly and polite.

To find out how you could volunteer at the One Young World Belfast Summit 2023, visit the Volunteer Now website.

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