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

  • Dundalk Institute of Technology, in October, stepped up their campaign to engage with the community in Dundalk and Co Louth by opening the campus to local community groups. Local groups were invited to a Volunteer Fair on 23rd October, organised by DkIT and supported by Louth Volunteer Centre and at the same time they launched their Community Connect @ DkIT initiative.

    DkIT Launches Community ConnectThe theme of the launch was 'Engaging People'. It brought together students, staff, community groups and policy makers to focus on how engagement and co-operation can empower individuals and enrich communities. Speakers from various backgrounds highlighted the importance of volunteering to the community and how the relationships built between volunteers and community organisations can be so beneficial to both.

    The volunteer fair consisted of 23 local organisations who spent the day chatting to students about the work that they are doing and the types of volunteers that they are hoping to recruit. There was a great level of interest from the students.

    While all of this was going on, the Volunteer Society were busy hosting a student led event to highlight the importance of getting involved and being an active citizen. There were a variety of events for the students to participate in, and they raised vital funds for the Irish Cancer Society and SOSAD.

    It was really great to see the hard work of everyone involved paying off and the start of a great relationship between DkIT and the local community.

  • Official OpeningThis month, Louth Volunteer Centre officially launched its offices in Drogheda (on Bolton St) and Dundalk (at County Hall). We welcomed guests from different community organisations to the official openings. The red ribbon was cut at both offices by the Cathaoirleach of Louth County Council, Councillor Oliver Tully.

    Councillor Oliver Tully and David McDonnell, Chairperson of Louth Volunteer Centre Board of Management, said a few words about the impact of volunteering in the local community, while our manager, John Cotterell, encouraged local community groups to think creatively on how to inspire people to get involved as a volunteer.

     

    Louth Volunteer Centre provides a free volunteer matching service for people who would like to volunteer but may not know where to start. The Volunteer Centre also provides a service for community groups in Louth by offering support and training on how to recruit and involve volunteers and is authorised to process Garda Vetting forms on behalf of organisations.

     

    Anyone can make an appointment to meet someone in the local offices in Dundalk to discuss the local volunteer opportunities that might suit them by contacting us and an online list of volunteering opportunities is also available here.

     

  • 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 Ireland have 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.”

    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. 

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