Louth Volunteer Centre are now recruiting for the position of Manager

Louth Volunteer Centre promotes and supports volunteering in Louth by helping to match people interested in volunteering with suitable voluntary opportunities. We are primarily funded by the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government.

We are now seeking to recruit an experienced and dynamic Manager to lead our team to strengthen and foster volunteering across Louth.

Job Title:               Manager

Location:               Drogheda, Dundalk, Ardee, Co. Louth

Contract Type:      Permanent (Subject to annual funding)

Hours:                   37.5 hours

Salary:                  Dependant on Experience

The successful candidate to this position will report to the Board of Directors with responsibility for the overall management of Louth Volunteer Centre service in Louth. The ideal candidate will have a management background, preferably within the Community and Voluntary sector and previous experience of marketing, managing financials and leading and motivating a team of staff and volunteers. Excellent communication and organisational skills are essential. Good IT skills are essential. Applicants should have a current, clean driving license and a suitable means of transport.  Please refer to the requirements as detailed in the Job Description when filling out the Application Form and email your application form to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Informal enquiries can be made to John Cotterell at 086 022 6620.

Closing date for receipt of Applications: 5pm 18thFebruary 2016.

Please note that interviews will be scheduled for week commencing 29th February 2016.

A PANEL WILL BE CREATED AS A RESULT OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS: ALL CANDIDATES WILL REMAIN ON THE PANEL FOR A SIX-MONTH PERIOD.

Applications must be made on Louth Volunteer Centre Application form only – (CV’s will not be accepted).

Louth Volunteer Centre is an Equal Opportunities employer.

View full role description and download application here.

Meet Patrick Feehan, volunteer with SVP

 

Patrick Feehan currently volunteers with St Vincent De Paul in Drogheda as a conference member. The SVP conference is the service that provides personal visits to those in need. They meet once a week on Thursday and would have from 3 to 10 people attending a conference. The purpose of the conference is to discuss calls in from the last week and in the local area, our area would cover the centre of Drogheda, then we have discussions about how to best help the client.

The help we give is varied. Anything from helping with funeral expenses, fuel assistance, education or courses, or just providing a listening ear. The help that we give is generally in the forms of vouchers. I always go out with another volunteer and meet the clients in their home. The reason I love volunteering with St. Vincent De Paul is that I like to help my fellow man. I also enjoy meeting up with other volunteers and the process of how we work out how best to help people. Being a volunteer helps me to appreciate what I have and helps me keep a positive outlook in my own life.

If  you decide that you would like to get involved in volunteering but you are not sure exactly what you would like to do, then think about WHY you want to volunteer. This can be a useful way of helping you to focus on the sort of volunteering you want to undertake.

Why volunteer?

 

  • Give something back to your community or society 


  • Gain valuable training and experience which may lead to paid employment

  • Make use of special interests and talents

  • Learn new skills and/or develop new interests 


  • Meet new people with similar interests

  • Find out more about an area of work you are considering as a career 


  • Have a chance to take some responsibility and make decisions

  • 
Be an active citizen

  • 
Make a difference

 If you, like Patrick, like to help your fellow man you can take the next step at our registration page.

 

Volunteer Ireland and local volunteer centres have launched their 2016 election manifesto

Volunteering impacts every aspect of Irish society with volunteers supporting the Government’s work in a variety of ways. Apart from these direct benefits, volunteering provides a host of indirect economic and social advantages. Charities across the country simply could not survive without the support of volunteers.

Although we can be proud of the achievements of volunteering in Ireland, there is still huge potential for improvements and growth. Louth Volunteer Centre or Volunteering Information Service has five small asks which, if implemented, will change the future of volunteering in Ireland:

1.      Develop and implement a Government strategy on volunteering

2.      Restore funding to Volunteer Ireland and the network of Volunteer Centres and Volunteering Information Services

3.      Ensure jobseekers are aware that they can volunteer 

4.      Conduct research on volunteering in Ireland

5.      Commence the National Vetting Bureau Act 2012

These are small actions that require little financial investment but have the potential to reap great rewards.

You can read more about these asks in the enclosed election manifesto