On 14th of February 'Be a Saint' week was launched at The Dock Honesty Café, in Titanic Quarter, Belfast . The Breakfast launch aimed to inform employers on how their companies can get involved in Employer Supported Volunteering and 'Be a Saint' Week taking place from 10th - 14th March. Over 60 people attended the event with plenty of Bacon Baps and tea and coffee to waken everyone up.
The opening speaker was Chris Bennett , Founder and Chaplain of The Dock Café who welcomed everyone and explained the background to the Dock . All the items in the Café owns were donated, including all the furniture, plates, cups and event he toilet! The café is managed by volunteers and being an honesty café people simply make a donation for the food/drinks they order. It was a perfect place for Be a Saint launch which main goal was to encourage to get involved in volunteering.
To break the ice and liven up the event participants were entertained by a motivation speaker from Cameoflage who surprised everybody with Nessun Dorma and That's Amore at 9:30 in the morning!
Following on from this speakers were Wendy Osborne from Volunteer Now and Hilary Hanberry from Business in a Community. Both, Wendy and Hilary talked about how important is that employers support their staff to volunteer. Wendy Osborne said: "Volunteers make a tremendous contribution to communities across Northern Ireland; many local organisations wouldn't be able to deliver services deeply valued by many people without their time and dedication. This day of volunteering action is a great way for volunteers to make a difference in the community and have some fun at the same time."
After the speeches there was opportunity to network with employers, volunteers and voluntary organisations. Organisations who attended the event were able to present their work to employers. Organisations which took part in the event included The Conservation Volunteer, T13, The National Trust, East Belfast Mission, Cancer Focus.