European Employee Volunteering Awards (Closing date December 6th)

Employee Volunteering AwardThe European Employee Volunteering Awards aim to recognise companies of all sizes across Europe that have developed schemes that help people facing barriers to work increase their employability skills.

Run by the Business in the Community International Team and co-funded by the European Commission, the project is closely aligned to the European Year of Volunteering 2011. It is supported by Business in the Community\'s Awards for Excellence Manager Claire Brady and a consortium of expert partners, including four CSR360 GPN partners (UPJ, SMART Kolektiv, Warsaw Volunteer Centre, Foretica), CSR Europe, the Corporate Citizenship, the East England Development Agency and a group of international practitioners from KPMG and Freshfields. The European Employee Volunteering Awards Scheme is sponsored by Alliance Boots and Tata Consultancy Services.

There are currently excellent opportunities to profile leadership through sponsorship of individual Awards or the whole programme. Background The European Commission announced on 3rd June 2009 that 2011 would be the European Year of Volunteering (EYV). This decision came after a 2 year campaign by European networks of volunteer organisations (including ENGAGE) and will entail a range of activities, programmes and events that will take place under the EYV umbrella.

One of the EYV 2011 flagship programmes is the 2011 Year of the Volunteer Awards Programme that will showcase best practice in European Employee Volunteering, focusing on effective and well measured programmes, which transfer skills for employability. KPMG and Freshfields provided development funding to enable this programme to proceed. The support provided follows on from their long term commitment and support for corporate volunteering and their aim to extend engagement across Europe.

For further information visit the Business in the Community Web site.  Closing date for application is December 6th.  Visit the European Volunteering Awards portal.


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  • Lens a hand - logo2With all of the entries in, now's the time to have your say!

    Over 40 entries have been received for our 'Lens a Hand' competition, capturing the spirit of volunteering and the positive impact of volunteers across Louth. 

    John Cotterell, Manager of Louth Volunteer Centre , said ‘the competition will be showcasing the diversity of volunteering in action and illustrating its positive impact in local communities, as well as promoting the vital work of the charitable and non-profit organisations in Louth”

    Albion Rovers FC Secretary, Liam Callan, has described the project as “an exciting and creative way of sharing the experience of helping others, its benefits and its stories, while inspiring more people to volunteer”.


    Before the pictures go before our Judges, we want the public to let us know their favourite.  All of the entries are on Facebook, where the picture with the most likes will win a fantastic gift voucher for Th Pheasant!

  • To coincide with National Volunteering Week (12th-18th May), we have organised a volunteer appreciation evening in the Boyne Valley hotel on Thursday 16th May, after the Louth Community & Voluntary Forum Conference.  The organisations that have signed up have about five minutes each to thank their volunteers in a fun and quirky way and present each of them with a certificate, provided by Louth Volunteer Centre.

    While registration for the event is now closed, it is not to late to make arrangements to celebrate and thank your volunteers this National Volunteering Week. Send us details of how you will be highlighting the work of your volunteers this NVW.

    Contact us on 041 9809008 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

  • volunteering fairs day 031Louth Volunteer Centre are to hold two volunteering fairs during National Volunteering Week. The fairs will take place on Friday 16th & Saturday May 17th.


    The first of the two will be held in The Marshes shopping centre in Dundalk and the second will be an outdoor event on West St. in Drogheda.


    Up to 40 local community organisations will take part in the event. John Cotterell, manager of The Louth Volunteer Centre, said that “Taking part in the fair will give these organisations the opportunity to showcase the amazing work that they do & give them the opportunity to meet & recruit new volunteers”.


    The fair is set to have a great atmosphere with some surprise entertainment throughout the day.  So make sure to stop by and enjoy the festivities.


    Some places are still available for volunteer involving organisations to host a free stand. Call Kayleigh on 086 043 1379 or Niamh on 041 980 9008 for details.



  • 1898958 256539024521141 344671745 nOn Saturday 8th February, a group of students from DKIT Volunteer Society got together to lend a hand to a local community creche that needed some redecoration. 16 students, some of whom are pictured left, turned up on the day and painted the 2 sleep rooms.

    One of the volunteers had also contacted local paint/hardware stores and received some very kind donations of paint and equipment from local Dundalk businesses Colour Trend and Terry’s Paint & Wallpaper.

    Rebecca Somers, one of the students that got involved, said: "The reason I'm volunteering is that it’s a way to give something back to the community. Volunteering is a two way thing. You are showing people you care and this can go a long way, also its a sense of achievement within yourself. You learn different skills and get to meet different people along the way. If you can bring happiness to someone’s life who may need it then you will be happy too. I feel really happy that the service is there for us to volunteer as I feel we really do make a difference in the world. There are just so many reasons to volunteer”

    It is great to see so many students making an effort to help out in the local community. The Volunteer Society will also be getting involved in other events such as stewarding events, fundraising and other once off volunteering opportunities. Each student that gets involved will receive the President's Award for Civic Engagement, from DKIT President Denis Cummins, in May.