Volunteering at the heart of Louth

Welcome to Louth Volunteer Centre

In Louth Volunteer Centre we are passionate about volunteering and Louth County is a great place to volunteer. Volunteering enriches communities, gives volunteers an opportunity to develop personally, and puts giving at the heart of how we all live.


National Volunteering Week 2014

For National Volunteering Week 2014, there was lots happening this year in Louth. You can view photos of the two Volunteer Fairs in Drogheda and Dundalk, our Volunteer Appreciation Evening and the 'Lens a Hand' winners from our photo competition on our facebook page. 

70% say Ireland would be ‘much worse’ without volunteers

National Volunteering Week was coordinated by Volunteer Ireland, which announced details of a survey of 1,000 people.

In the survey 70% said that Ireland would be a ‘much worse’ place to live in without volunteers, 67% said that volunteers are underappreciated and undervalued and 73% have said that volunteering can help unemployed people improve skills and experience to increase their employability.

Comedian, biker and volunteer PJ Gallagher has encouraged people to find their passion and use it to volunteer, as National Volunteering week takes place this week. Read More....

 Our Services

Louth Volunteer Centre offers a recruitment and placement service for volunteers in Louth as well as providing support and training to not for profits on all aspects of volunteer managment. Other services include a Garda Vetting service, consultancy on volunteering issues and research and policy work around all areas of volunteering. 

If your organisation wants to engage volunteers, or wants advice on volunteering, go to our organisational pages to learn more about our services. Here you can information on Volunteer Management TrainingGarda Vetting and other support service we provide to volunteer involving organisations in Louth County. You can download How we work with organisations which outlines our services. Here are our office and outreach locations as well as opening times.


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Because of You!


Watch our video which gives an insight into the impact that your time has for others that use services provided by volunteers.


I-Vol App

Volunteer Ireland have launched a new app,designed to let you access all of our volunteering opportunities directly on your mobile device. It is currently available on Apple and Android.. Click here for details...

Latest News

  • -Volunteer of the Year Award to be named in memory of Christine Buckley-



    Volunteer Ireland last week, launched its seventh annual Volunteer Ireland Awards with a call for nominations for Louth’s ‘Volunteer of the Year’.


    The Volunteer Ireland awards are the national awards to celebrate volunteering in Ireland. The Awards aim to celebrate and recognise the thousands of people across Ireland who give their time to benefit others.


    Speaking at the launch today, John Cotterell, Manager of Louth Volunteer Centre, said: “Volunteers are one of Ireland’s most precious resources. So far this year, over 8,000 volunteers have registered with local Volunteer Centres and through I-VOL, the national database of volunteer opportunities. These volunteers have clocked up an incredible 300,000 hours of volunteering. Using the average industrial wage, this work has an equivalent value of over €6.6 million.


    “For those who have found themselves unemployed or underemployed as a result of the recession, volunteering is a wonderful way of sharing your expertise and developing new skills. In the first year of the recession Volunteer Ireland and local Volunteer Centres saw a one hundred per cent increase in people registering to volunteer, and levels have remained at similar levels ever since.


    “We’re calling on the people of Louth now to take this opportunity to say thank you to their local volunteers, and to nominate an outstanding volunteer they know from their local community.”


    The Awards were launched at a special event today by RTÉ presenter and host of the Volunteer Ireland Awards, Keelin Shanley, who was joined by 2013 ‘Volunteer of the Year’ Awardees, Declan and Darryl Barry, who received the top honour for their volunteer work with Waterford Marine Search and Rescue.


    Volunteer Ireland today also announced that the 'Volunteer of the Year' award will, from this year onwards, be named in memory of Christine Buckley. As co-founder of The Aislinn Centre, Christine campaigned tirelessly on behalf of victims of institutional abuse for more than 25 years. Christine was Ireland's Volunteer of the Year in 2009 and went on to be presented with the award for 'European Volunteer of the Year' at the European Parliament in Strasbourg the same year. Christine sadly passed away in March this year. The Christine Buckley Volunteer of the Year Award will be presented to one of the 30 shortlisted volunteers for the Volunteer Ireland Awards.


    Anyone can nominate a volunteer, and the Volunteer Ireland Awards are open to volunteers of all ages working with Irish Volunteer organisations. There are ten different categories including:


    • Arts, Culture and Media
    • Animals and Environment
    • Campaigning and Awareness Raising
    • Children and Young People
    • Community
    • Education and Training
    • Health and Disability
    • International Development
    • Social Work
    • Sports and Recreation


    Nominations close Friday, 24th October 2014 and can be made here. Ireland’s ‘Volunteer of the Year’ and the 10 overall category winners will be announced at a gala awards ceremony Thursday, 4th December in City Hall, Dublin. 

  • The All-Ireland Poc Fada Hurling & Camogie Championships is an annual tournament testing the skills of Ireland's best hurlers and camogie players. Poc Fada is Irish for "long puck".

    poc fadaThe All Ireland Poc Fada Finals take place on the Saturday of the Irish August Bank Holiday each year (since 2005). For 2014 the date is 2 August. The starting time is 11:30 (On the 2.5 km course the Boys Under 16 final begins first, followed by the Camogie Final with the Senior Final following thereafter on the 5 km course).



    If you are free to volunteer from 10.30am on 2nd August, please contact us or click here to apply.


  • Invitation


    Louth Volunteer Centre, in partnership with Louth Minority Ethnic Consortium, hosted a multicultural fun afternoon at St Mary's GAA club in Ardee, Co Louth on Saturday 14th June.


    The event showcased some of the different cultures in Ardee, with food and entertainment from around the globe provided by people living locally and it was an unmissable event, with loads of fun and plenty to do for children of all ages!


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  • This National Volunteering Week, Louth Volunteer Centre hosted two volunteer Fairs, to give you the opportunity to meet as many local organisations and charities as you like.  By doing this, we hope to help you find the opportunity that suits you best.

    PJ Gallagher NVW1Comedian, biker and volunteer PJ Gallagher has encouraged people to find their passion and use it to volunteer, as National Volunteering week takes place this week.

    Describing volunteering as his new passion, he said his love of motorbikes led him to become a volunteer courier of emergency blood.

    “I got in to motorbikes after my dad died. I remember getting on the bike soon after he died and for the first time in weeks, my head was completely clear. Volunteer bikers use their time, skills and enthusiasm to help hospitals by transporting blood and urgent medical supplies.

    “Before the organisation started, every time an item needed to go from one hospital to another, outside of normal operating hours, the hospital had to pay for a taxi, courier or ask an ambulance service to take it. Blood Bikes East now provides this service free of charge. I get so much out of volunteering. I’d recommend it to anyone. If a motorbike-loving stand-up comedian can find his ideal volunteering role, anyone can!”

    Search for your ideal opportunity on I-VOL here.

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