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.


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.



Latest News


    Lens A HandtwitterFive tips for taking the perfect picture


    The Louth Volunteer Centre is launching their ‘Lens A Hand’ amateur photography competition for its second year running.


    The competition, which is supported by Matthews.ie, invites entrants to capture the spirit of volunteering in Louth. The competition is now open and runs until the 1st of March. Best entries will win fabulous spot prizes and have their photo featured in our exhibition in both Dundalk and Drogheda in March.


     1.When taking a picture of a person outside, make sure the sun isn’t at their back as this can wash out a person leaving just a silhouette which can make them very difficult to see. Ideally, the light should be at the side of the subject. Natural lighting is the most flattering when taking a picture.

    2.Composition is how the elements in your photograph are arranged. The best guideline to follow when taking a picture is the ‘Rule of Thirds’ technique. ‘Rule of Thirds’ is dividing your image into thirds both horizontally and vertically, like a tic-tac-toe grid. The idea is to place the focus of your image where the lines cross over. By placing the image on these points, the image becomes much more pleasing to the eye.

    3.The flash on a camera can make or break your photo. Make sure your subject is no more than five steps away from the camera. If the flash is too far from the subject, the picture may turn out too dark. If you’re taking a picture outside during the day, the flash can help with unwanted shadows.

    4.Generally, if your subject is smaller than a car, you can take a step or two closer to your chosen subject to fill the photograph. By doing this, you can show details in the photo that may not have been revealed if you were further from the subject. The closest you should get to the subject is roughly one step away from the camera. If you go any closer the photo may get too blurry. 

    5.Keep your photos simple! Don’t over-complicate your photograph by having too much going on in the frame. This can distract a viewer and take their attention away from your main focus.

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  • "Lens a Hand" - Photograpy competition & exhibition

    Volunteer Cleaners at SeapointFor the second year running, Louth Volunteer Centre is combining volunteering and art by organising an amateur photographic competition and exhibition, 'Lens a Hand', aimed at promoting and encouraging volunteering in Louth.

    The theme for the competition is "capture the spirit of volunteering in Louth" and it will be open to everyone who wishes to enter a photograph of themselves or a friend or colleague volunteering, showcasing the diversity of volunteering in action and illustrating its positive impact in the local community.

    Competition will be open from Jan 29th to March 1st and prizes will be given for the best entries.

    The exhibition, to take place in Drogheda and Dundalk during the month of March, will be an exciting and creative way of sharing the experience of helping others, its benefits and its stories.
    Be inspired and enter the competition or you can lens a hand by voting for your favourite picture..

    Please note:  Entries will be accepted via our website from 29th January. Pictures may be submitted to us via Facebook/Twitter, however uploading your photo to these sites will reduce the printing quality so the photos wont be included in our exhibition.


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  • Having been shortlisted in both the Best Customer Service and Best Community Contribution categories in the Drogheda Business Excellence Awards, Louth Volunteer Centre went on to win the Award for providing the Best Community Contribution.

    The awards were presented at a gala in Drogheda on 22nd November, and were thrilled for our work to be recognised by the local business community in this way. John Cotterell, manager of Louth Volunteer Centre, said that it was a great honour to receive the award.

    As part of the awards process, John made this short video to highlight the ethos of Louth Volunteer Centre.

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    Garda Vetting - Information Seminars

    The next Garda Vetting training will take place on Wednesday January 21st in Drogheda District Support for Older People's offices between 4 and 5pm and in Dundalk Community Partnership offices on Thursday January 22nd between 6 and 7pm. 

    Please click here to book your place or call John on 086 022 6620.

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