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.


Register to Volunteer
Search Volunteer Opportunities


Register your Organisation
Post a Volunteer Opportunity


  • 10307434 800635879949054 2156922842591574967 n
  • 10488111 815511758461466 8824971582646078892 n
  • IMG 1669
  • 10407075 800679536611355 8520690922184404193 n
  • Ardee 10462520 815511838461458 5916287968192980681 n
  • 1907642 800636033282372 8046273766019943338 n
  • IMG 0728
  • 10304704 800636309949011 5681421770805401742 n
  • Lens a Hand
  • 10271527 800763506602958 6770478755439949577 n


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

  • Dundalk Chamber

    Louth Volunteer Centre have been shortlisted as Finalists in the 'Best Use of Internet Technology' category of the Dundalk Business Awards.  Dundalk Chamber of Commerce said "We had a record number of entries for the awards this year so well done on getting to the final in your category."

    The Awards consist of 10 categories including Special Community Group, Age Friendly Award & Best Marketing Campaign and its great to see so many of our registered Volunteer Involving Organisations on the shortlist. The Judging panel consisted of DKIT, Ulster Bank, Gaynor HR, Customer Focus and Enterprise Ireland.

    To view the full list of finalists, see www.dundalk.ie/news

    The winner will be announced on 15th November at an awards gala in the Fairways Hotel. Best of luck to everyone involved.



  • -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 Dundalk Branch of Irish Red Cross will be hosting an Open Night for any new or potential volunteers.
    If you would be interested in joining the Irish Red Cross, or would like to find out some more about the work that they do why not pop down to their centre on Jocelyn Street from 8pm on Thursday 9th October.
  • 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.


Supported by

 Our Supporters ;

logo_environ louth-leader partnership logo volunteer ireland

We use cookies to improve our website and your experience when using it. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our privacy policy.

I accept cookies from this site.

EU Cookie Directive Module Information