Advanced Training on Group Processes and Facilitation training course

Posted on May 28th, 2014

The aim is to develop participants’ practical know-how and skills in the facilitation of group processes, and to raise inter- and intra- personal awareness. The knowledge gained through participation in this training can be applied in all projects funded by Erasmus+ that involve working with groups. The focus is on training the leaders and the trainers, and fostering best practices of working with youth in general by knowing and understanding what goes on in groups. The Course runs from the 6th to the 14th of October in Iceland. The deadline to apply is 16th June.

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Training Course for support persons in European Voluntary Service

Posted on May 28th, 2014

[From Salto Youth Website]

For those who are directly involved in the support system around the EVS volunteer (e.g. mentors and task-related support persons) on the hosting, sending and co-ordinating side, this SOHO training course is vital to learn about and share best practice in supporting current and future EVS volunteers. It takes place  6 – 10 October in Spain and the deadline to apply is 15 June.

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Training Course on Empowerment in Youth Exchanges

Posted on May 28th, 2014

[From Salto Youth Website]

EYE Opener is a training for newcomers to develop Youth Exchanges within the context of Eramus + and to stimulate the full participation of young people in the entire exchange. Participation in learning couples of youth workers and young people (14-17). It takes place on   29 July – 3 August in Portugal and the deadline to apply is 19 June.

For more information please click here.




Your Legal Responsibilities When Working with Volunteers

Posted on May 21st, 2014

[From The Wheel Website]

The engaging workshop will focus on the often complex legal principles relating to unpaid / voluntary employees in the community & voluntary sector, including those participating in schemes as well as traditional volunteers. In Dublin on 11th of June 2014.

To find out more please click here.




Grabbing Headlines Media Relations for Charities

Posted on May 21st, 2014

Wheel 200pxThis half-day workshop has been developed to equip community and voluntary organisations with the skills and knowledge to work with the Irish media. Anyone interested in communications, public relations and marketing, should attend as it applies to the community and voluntary sector it will take place in Dublin on the 25th of June 2014.

For more information please click here.




Making Good Governance Easier

Posted on May 16th, 2014

Wheel 200pxWhether or not your organisation has already signed up to for the Governance Code, this absorbing best practice workshop will provide you with the information and tools you need to govern your organisation to the highest possible standards. Led by Ivan Cooper, The Wheel’s Director of Advocacy, you can expect to learn about the inter-related elements of good governance and trusteeship; how your board and staff can be organised in such a way as to support, rather than hinder, progress and your questions and issues surrounding the Governance Code. The workshop takes place in Galway on the 27th of May 2014.

The IAYO are members of The Wheel which means that our own members can avail of discounted rates if they contact us before booking.




Become a Star Media Performer

Posted on May 16th, 2014

Wheel 200pxBeing in the media spotlight is no picnic these days. Knowing how to take those tough questions in your stride while remaining ‘on message’ are essential skills for anyone with a public-facing role. Luckily, these skills can be learned. This intensive and hands-on workshop represents a shift in gears in The Wheel’s communications training schedule and takes place in Dublin on the 23rd of May 2014. For more information please click here.




Data Protection Workshop

Posted on May 16th, 2014

Wheel 200pxThe Data Protection Commissioner has his eye on Irish charities, with several having received official warnings in recent months for breaches of data protection legislation. We strongly urge all non-profits to make sure that they are in full compliance with relevant data protection legislation. This Data Protection workshop will help bring you up to speed on that front, and it takes place on the 17th of June 2014 in Dublin. To find out more please click here.




IAYO Conducting Workshops 2014

Posted on May 12th, 2014

Director: Robert Houlihan

Royal Irish Academy of Music - Monday 07 – Friday 11 July 2014

***  1 Participating place is left and we are still accepting Observer applications.  ***

Apply online

Closing date for Applications: Monday 26 May 2014.

Conducting workshops for youth orchestra conductors will be held at the Royal Irish Academy of Music to run alongside their Summer Orchestra Academy. Participants will avail of tuition in baton technique and score preparation along with opportunities to observe sectional and full rehearsals with the RIAM summer orchestra academy, conducted by James Cavanagh.

The course is for mixed ability / experience and is suitable for beginners.

Course Outline


  • The course takes place in the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin and will run along side the RIAM ‘Orchestral Manoeuvres’ course directed by James Cavanagh.
  • There will be a maximum of 18 participant places and unlimited observer places.
  • There will be piano accompaniment with all practical conducting sessions.
  • A senior student quartet will accompany the pianist for circa half of the practical sessions.
  • Participants are requested to take part in the participant ensemble, which will also play during practical sessions.
  • Sessions will be in baton technique, score preparation and practical conducting.
  • Set works will be confirmed after a consultation process with participants and the course director.
  • Selected participants will conduct the RIAM summer course orchestra during one session. This is to be confirmed and at the discretion of the course director.
  • Participants and observers will have the opportunity to observe sectional rehearsals with RIAM staff.
  • Participants may also bring a piece they have worked on or will work on with their orchestras. Please include this on your application form if you wish to study it. It will be necessary to provide parts.


  • The course is open to conductors of youth orchestras and third level students. Priority for participating places will be given to conductors actively engaged with youth orchestras.
  • Meals and accommodation are not provided. IAYO will aim to source reasonably priced accommodation forstudents. A number of scholarships will be available for conductors of IAYO member orchestras where those conductors need to pay for accommodation in Dublin.
  • It is not required for participants to prepare all the repertoire for the course. Participants may choose a selection that is in keeping with their experience and standard.
  • However, participants and observers should have copies of scores of all the repertoire studied on the course. Details of editions and bound copies will be available from the IAYO office. Most editions will be chosen from those available at and costs will be minimal.
  • The course fee is €300 for participants and €150 for observers, payable on acceptance.


The repertoire for the course has been selected with the exception of the repertoire for the Orchestral Manoeuvres course. It is intended that most or all scores will be available for download for free. The works below are subject to final confirmation.  The Repertoire for the course will be:

Maidrin Rua (arrangement)
Phil the fluter  (arrangement)
Bartok – Dances from Transylvania
Beethoven – 5th Symphony 1st movement
Debussy - Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune
Elgar – Serenade for Strings
Mozart – Overture to Così fan tutte
Mozart - Symphony No.40 in G minor
Moussorsky (arr. Ravel) - Pictures at an Exhibition
Stravinsky – 8 Instrumental Miniatures


Robert Houlihan, conductor

Born in Killarney, Robert Houlihan moved to Dublin at the age of sixteen and began his first music studies in the Army School of Music, before further study at the Municipal College of Music and under George Hurst at the Canford Summer School. In 1980 he won second prize at the International Competition for Young Conductors at Besancon and was awarded a scholarship from the French Government and the Arts Council to study contemporary music at the European Centre for Musical Research at Metz and conducting with Lacon Barzin in Paris. He won further awards in 1983 in the Hungarian Television International Competition and this was followed by many engagements in Hungary, Romania and Czechoslovakia. He has frequently conducted the Irish National Symphony Orchestra, the Radio Telefis Eireann Concert Orchestra and the Ulster Orchestra, as well as the Irish National Youth Orchestra, in addition to other engagements with orchestras throughout Europe. Since 1990 Robert Houlihan has been Principal Conductor of the State Philharmonic of Tirgu Mures in Romania, the first foreigner since the 1950s to hold such a position. Since 1992 he has served as Principal Conductor of the Savaria Symphony Orchestra in Hungary and is increasingly active as a teacher of conducting at the Canford Summer School of Music in England and also in France, Hungary and Portugal.

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Closing date for Applications: Monday 26 May 2014.


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A Beginners to Youth Exchange Training Course

Posted on May 12th, 2014

An inteeras+rnational learning experience that helps you through the steps of how to find partners, develop programmes and complete the application forms for an Erasmus + Youth Exchange.

Objectives of BTM:
- To provide an introduction to the Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme.

- To offer an individual and group learning experience through a simulated process on setting up a Youth Exchange project.

- To offer the opportunity to meet possible partner groups and to make contacts in other countries.
Taking place on the 24-28 September, France
Deadline to Apply: 15 June.
More information and application form can be found here.