Volunteers of Louth

Michael Butler volunteering at Lú Festival

Michael Butler

Michael began his volunteer journey last year when he signed up for the New Connections program with Louth Volunteer Centre. The purpose of the New Connections program which was funded my Mental Health Ireland was to connect people to their communities in a new way through volunteering. Michael found the training program helped him. ‘The program helped boost my confidence and improve my skills.’ Michael has liked linking in with Louth Volunteer Centre and has found the service helpful.

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A photo of David volunteer on St Patrick's Day

David Heeny

David began his volunteer journey in 2018. David started volunteering to help him in his recovery from addiction. “I was in early recovery, I wanted to see how the community worked and connect with people. I didn’t want to leave recovery and go back to old ways.” In 2018 David called into Louth Volunteer Centre in the hope of finding a way to connect with his community through volunteering. “I was worried they wouldn’t be able to help me due to my previous criminal record. I didn’t know there would be stuff I would be able to volunteer with and stuff that I would be good at. I was expecting another red flag and that I wouldn’t be able to do it, but I was able to do it.”

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Paraic McGahey Volunteers of Louth

Paraic McGahey

Paraic began his volunteering journey at the young age of 6. Inspired by his parents who were involved in the Irish Red Cross, Paraic would help his dad give out the envelopes used for the collections and help at some of the social events by bringing in the food and clearing tables. Paraic continued to be involved in the Irish Red Cross over the years and now sits on the National working group as part of the Irish Red Cross.

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A photo of Joan volunteering at a litter pick event

Joan Conlan

Joan has enjoyed volunteering and feels good when she does it. Joan has been able to use her life experience and skills and share them with the community.

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A photo of Follyvi volunteering at a SOSAD family fun day

Follyvi Simon

Follyvi’s motivation to volunteer was to connect with his community. “I feel so alone as an asylum seeker.” Follyvi found volunteering a fantastic way to meet people and practice speaking English. “When I started volunteering is when I got to meet people and not feel alone.”

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