2 Louth VoluntHeroes Shortlisted For National Volunteer Awards

Nominees To Be Honoured at Volunteer Ireland Awards in December

From almost 500 nominations, 29 exceptional volunteers have been shortlisted for this year’s Volunteer Ireland Awards including two from Co. Louth. Ireland’s unsung heroes will be celebrated at a special ceremony in City Hall, Dublin on 7th December.

Each nominee has shown extraordinary dedication to help others, often taking time away from family and friends to give back.

Joan McAdam set up a Community First Responder group in Co. Louth. Joan has raised funds for the purchase and maintenance of five defibrillators, four of which are public access, available 24 hours a day and trained over 200 people in CPR. Joan was responsible for saving a young father’s life when he went into cardiac arrest at a football match and was saved thanks to the presence of a defibrillator. Earlier that day Joan had swapped out a faulty defibrillator at the stadium with a functioning device from a less populated area, in anticipation of the match.

Wendy Jane Vion is invaluable to Drogheda Animal Rescue. She makes daily car runs to Slane's vet to pick up or drop off sick animals. She takes all the information from each run and each animal and passes it on the other main DAR organiser. Wendy also fosters a number of DAR Cats. This involves caring for a cat that could be injured, hissy or pregnant. Fosters take time and effort, to help the cat come around. Wendy helps come up with fun ideas and events to help raise money for DAR. Her positive personality and passion helps to inspirer passion in others to help.

Commenting on the shortlist for the Volunteer Ireland Awards, Louth Volunteer Centre Manager Gráinne Berrill said “Thousands of people across Ireland volunteer each day, giving their time without asking for anything in return. In 2016 alone Louth Volunteer Centre volunteers have contributed over 35,000 hours to the community and voluntary sector in Louth. These awards are a chance for us to recognise exceptional volunteers like Joan and Wendy Jane and really celebrate volunteering in Ireland. Reading their individual stories is truly inspiring and we are honoured to shine a light on their work. Thanks to volunteers like these, Ireland is ranked number one in Europe on the World Giving Index for volunteering time and Louth should be proud.”

For more information on the Volunteer Ireland Awards 2016 or to read the inspiring stories of the shortlisted volunteers, see the attached document or visit www.volunteer.ie

Louth Volunteer Centre delighted to launch Charities Regulator Registration Hub

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Louth Volunteer Centre delighted to launch Charities Regulator Registration Hub

There has been much coverage in the news over the past few months about regulation of the charity sector. Ireland’s charities, including the hundreds of charities all across Louth, play a vital role in our society and provide public benefit in diverse ways to communities locally, nationally and internationally. Having the trust and confidence of the public is essential to charities, as they exist to provide public benefit and many raise funds from the public to help meet the cost of their charitable work.

The Charities Regulator plays an important role in increasing public trust. As part of its engagement process to ensure full compliance with the Charities Act 2009, the Charities Regulator has partnered with the network of 21 Volunteer Centres across the country and Volunteer Ireland to offer support services to charitable organisations that have yet to complete their registration with the Regulator.

Louth Volunteer Centre will act as a ‘registration hub’ to support organisations to register with the Charities Regulator. This includes providing a ‘drop in’ support service on Wednesday mornings, offering practical supports to local charities in navigating the regulation process.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Kanwal’s Story

Kanwal’s Story

My name is Kanwal and I have been in Ireland for a year. Although I have a MPhil in Linguistics and over 5 years teaching experience  I found it impossible to get work as I have no experience in Ireland. It was very difficult for me to be just sitting at home.Kanwal Zafar Bhalli

One day I called into Louth Volunteer Centre and they guided me to find the right volunteer opportunity. With their help I applied for the role of Administrative Assistant with the North East Cancer Research & Education Trust (NECRET). Their Fundraising Manager interviewed me and then offered me this voluntary position.

The Fundraising Manager was so supportive of my self-development and was very encouraging in general. During my time with NECRET the role grew and I became involved in areas such as designing fundraising projects – including one which is still running and involves schoolchildren designing paintings. I love art myself and painted a map of the North East – Cavan, Monaghan, Louth, Meath and North Dublin, to represent the area NECRET covers and this painting is still hanging on the wall of the office.

Through my volunteering experience  I regained my confidence and decided to start applying for jobs again. Ciaran in NECRET in particular really inspired me to push for ‘good’ jobs.  I recently got employment as a New Product Development Assistant in East Coast Bakehouse – I was even interviewed by Alison Cowzer from Dragon’s Den! I am so happy with to have gotten this job. Honestly, it is because of Louth Volunteer Centre as they guided me so well in the first place. Thank you so much for making me a part of Louth volunteer programme.