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Conversation Salons

About Conversation Salons

Conversation Salons are relaxed informal café style gatherings that bring together people of different backgrounds, ages, nationalities and worldviews for interesting and uplifting conversation on lots of different topics. We want Ireland to be a more connected, friendly, inclusive, socially engaged place! Conversation Salons are all about getting people away from their phones and screens, having real face-to-face conversations with people in your community, moving away from chit chat and getting to talk about things you really care about, all about human connection and welcoming in all types of people and celebrating what a diverse country Ireland is and how interesting people are once you invite them to share their stories, ideas and life experiences.

What's Involved

Do you like meeting new people and organising inspiring events? This could be the perfect opportunity for you!

If you would enjoy bringing different kinds of people together in a welcoming atmosphere to have enriching conversations, please join our team to run these events! We’d love you to help us:
• Reclaim face-to-face conversation in the digital age
• Revive the art of conversation
• Build community, connect people, create a sense of belonging
• Celebrate diversity
• Establish trusted welcoming community spaces
• Energise and inspire people through meaningful conversation
• Break down social barriers

Building on our success we want to expand. We are growing our team of volunteers and need people for the following roles:

Marketing Adviser: To develop our branding and an awareness campaign with a clear optimum proposition and message that inspires people to join us as attendees, volunteers and funders.

Social Media Executive to develop our social media strategy, represent our brand and do regular posting and updates on Facebook, Twitter, etc., creating new content and sourcing relevant existing content.

Photographer/Video Producer: We need video and photography to tell our story and convey the atmosphere and benefits of our events, e.g. testimonials, harvesting of ideas and insights from our events, vox pops taking the pulse of what the general public feel about the state of conversation in the 21st Century, etc.

PR Person to develop a PR programme focusing on a radio and print media campaign to highlight the problem of the breakdown in human connection and the relevance of Conversation Salons to solving this societal problem.

Creative and Digital Media Person to get our message and offering out there as engagingly as possible, podcasts, animation, blogs, etc.

Corporate Ambassador to develop corporate partnerships to aid in expanding the project via corporate sponsorship, CSR or delivering corporate salons.

Fundraiser / Grant Writer to research potential funding sources and make funding applications and source grant income from trusts, government agencies and other bodies. Develop relationships with potential donors and organise fundraising events.

What's required for this position

We need lots of different skill sets but most important of all is that volunteers are passionate about the vision and ethos of Conversation Salons. They want to be part of creating a welcoming and inclusive community culture. Our Conversation Salons Team need people who are enthusiastic about connecting people and breaking down social barriers through meaningful conversation and enjoyable events.

A Conversation Salons Volunteer is someone who……..
• Is resourceful and committed
• Is organised and enjoys working in a team of volunteers
• Will put lots of energy into organising the salons and growing the project
• Everyone can count on to deliver and make sure everything is in place for each salon to be a great event.

All volunteers are asked to sign up to and commit to the values and ethos of the project.

Further Information available on our

  • Event management/ Fundraising
  • Personable Skills
  • PR/ Marketing/ Market Research
  • Research/ Journalism/ Media

Level of English required for this role:
Fluent English

Times and commitment required for this role


Minimum time commitment: 1 year

Hours required: 6hrs Fortnightly

Other Details

Location of volunteering opportunity:
Third Space Cafe, Unit 14 Block C, Smithfield, Dublin, D07 P440 (Wednesday evenings)

53 Avenue Bistro, 53 Collins Avenue East, Killester, Dublin 5, D05 HK18 (Tuesday evenings)

Central Cork location

Also available in these counties

Screening details for this role:

  • Formal Interview
  • References
  • Application Form

Volunteers will be provided with the following supports:

  • Support/ advice/ recognition
  • Supervision
  • Initial induction and training
  • Reimbursement of expenses

Volunteers with the following challenges will be supported in this role

  • Physical Disability

Age restrictions:
Over 18

Is this opportunity suitable for groups/teams of volunteers?

Benefits you will receive as a volunteer

You will be part of an enthusiastic team. You get training and support. It’s very rewarding to create welcoming inclusive community spaces that fight loneliness, break down social barriers and celebrate diversity. Salons are enjoyable fun feelgood events.

Getting there

View Smithfield location on Google Maps

View Killester location on Google Maps

  • This opportunity is posted by:
  • Volunteer Centre: Dublin City
Volunteer Ireland is delighted to acknowledge the support of:
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