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Meet our Volunteer Centre Team

Gráinne Berrill
Manager

Tel: 087 7963286 | 041 9809008

Gráinne joined Louth Volunteer Centre in April 2016. Gráinne's work history includes designing, delivering and managing a County wide programme for young people with disabilities which had volunteering at its core; supporting people affected by homelessness to develop their employability skills, including through volunteering; working for a number of years in adult education; and considerable management experience in the private sector.

Gráinne is passionate about embedding volunteerism in the fabric of communities and wants to see County Louth being held us as a model of best practice in relation to the volunteering activity taking place. 

 

Karen Donlon
Organisation Support Officer
 
t: 086 022 6577 Ardee Outreach Office , Ardee Library, Ardee, Co Louth (Thursday)
t: 041 980 9008 Drogheda Office (Tuesday) 

Karen joined the Louth Volunteer Centre in May 2008. Central to her work is the aim to provide a free, high quality volunteer placement service in a friendly and professional manner, where volunteering is the focus of her work. She aims to offer professional support and advice to organisations around their volunteering needs, so that they can achieve best practice principles in volunteer management. She also facilitates the National Volunteer Management Training Programme, to organisations working in County Louth.

 
Kayleigh Mulligan
Volunteer Liaison Officer / Garda Vetting Liaison Officer

Dundalk Office, County Hall. Tel: 086 043 1379 | 042 939 2934 (Monday, Wednesday and Thursday)

Kayleigh joined the Louth Volunteer Centre in January 2013. Her role includes supporting organisations and volunteers in the North Louth area, assisting in identifying and filling volunteering roles within organisations and helping volunteers to find suitable, fulfilling volunteering opportunities. 

Kayleigh is available every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday in Dundalk - by appointment or for a drop-in visit - to meet with any organisation or volunteer who feel they may need support or information. She is also available in Omeath on the last Tuesday of every month, from 10 am to 1 pm. 

 Kayleigh is also the centre's Garda Vetting Liaison Person. She provides access to Garda Vetting services for small organisations that cannot access  a Garda Vetting Liaison Person through their own organisational structures.

 

The work we do wouldn't be possible without the help of our volunteers and interns:

 

Placement Support
 Joanne Russell
Drogheda Office - Tuesday and Friday, 9.30am to 5.00pm
Joanne joined the Volunteer Centre team in August 2017. She is a member of the Placement team, providing support to volunteers both in the office and over the phone. Joanne has volunteered for many years in a variety of roles working with people from all backgrounds. She is also a member of the volunteer centre's Fleadh team, managing the volunteer programme for Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2018 & 2019.

Alan Conlan

Drogheda Office - Monday and Wednesday, 9.30am to 5.00pm and Thursday 1.00pm to 5.00pm

Alan started with the Louth Volunteer Centre in February 2018. His role includes administration in the office and volunteer placement support.

“I enjoy the interaction with so many different people, which has helped me to boost my confidence. I have learned a lot of useful skills in the office and in the general work environment.”

 

Lisa Heeney

Dundalk Office, County Hall - Monday and Wednesday, 9.30am to 5.00pm

Lisa has been a volunteer at our Dundalk office since August 2017. Her role involves registering new volunteers and supporting volunteers to find meaningful roles.

“I was a volunteer in Dublin for six years and loved getting out and about and meeting people. When I moved to Dundalk I didn’t know anybody and volunteering has helped me to interact with the community and people from all walks of life. I find volunteering very rewarding for myself, and for the community.”

 

Tracy Rooney

Drogheda Office, Monday from 9.30 am to 5.00 pm and Tuesday to Friday, from 9.30 am to 1.30 pm. 

Tracy is the team administrator, assisting the Louth Volunteer Centre manager and other team members in areas such as finance and general administration. Tracy also provides frontline placement support to volunteers in our Drogheda Office.

 

Aaron Ryan

Drogheda Office - Wednesday and Friday, 9.30am to 5pm and Thursday 1pm to 5pm

I joined the team in July 2016. I mainly work on Garda Vetting processing, reporting on Key Performance Indicators for our work plan, and improving our database system. I still provide occasional volunteer support, where needed.

“I like working in the volunteer centre because there is always something new to learn and a new challenges to tackle. Everyone in the centre is always kind and welcoming which makes it an easy place to work as a team and get things done.”

 

Eileen Stapleton

Dundalk Office, County Hall - Monday and Thursday, 9.30am-5.00pm

Eileen has been a volunteer with Louth Volunteer Centre since November 2013. Her role involves providing support to volunteers and assistance in finding meaningful volunteer roles.

"I find volunteering to be a very worthwhile experience with no negatives and alot of positives. I have learned many new skills in computing and communications. I have met so many new people in my time as a volunteer, it has expanded my social network greatly."

 

Gavin Winters

Graphic Designer

Gavin joined the team in 2015 as a graphic designer, working on projects such as leaflet design and designing graphics for our website.

 

Our Board of Directors
Amaka Okonkwo

Amaka is the founder www.edundalk.com. She is a social entrepreneur and community development professional. I am also a trained office administrator and legal secretary. She is passionate about volunteering because it helps individuals to gain valuable experience. It was through volunteering that she was able to effectively change her career to become what she is today and aspires to be.  I started volunteering in Ireland in 2003 and continue to do so.

Joan Hardy

Joan has 20+ years of experience successfully leading large multi functional teams and small high impact groups in the private sector. 

Ide Lenihan

Ide is retired and terms herself a voluntary community worker. She has lived in Drogheda since 1979, and has been involved in community work in Drogheda since then.

Maeve Yore

Maeve is a member of Louth County Council. She has a background in volunteering in the disability sector.

JULIE DEVITT

Julie is a CIMA qualified management accountant and has over 12 years’ experience in senior roles within the FMCG industry as well as 6 years previous experience in the Financial Services sector.