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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  • The All-Ireland Poc Fada Hurling & Camogie Championships is an annual tournament testing the skills of Ireland's best hurlers and camogie players. Poc Fada is Irish for "long puck".

    poc fadaThe All Ireland Poc Fada Finals take place on the Saturday of the Irish August Bank Holiday each year (since 2005). For 2014 the date is 2 August. The starting time is 11:30 (On the 2.5 km course the Boys Under 16 final begins first, followed by the Camogie Final with the Senior Final following thereafter on the 5 km course).



    If you are free to volunteer from 10.30am on 2nd August, please contact us or click here to apply.


  • Invitation


    Louth Volunteer Centre, in partnership with Louth Minority Ethnic Consortium, hosted a multicultural fun afternoon at St Mary's GAA club in Ardee, Co Louth on Saturday 14th June.


    The event showcased some of the different cultures in Ardee, with food and entertainment from around the globe provided by people living locally and it was an unmissable event, with loads of fun and plenty to do for children of all ages!


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  • This National Volunteering Week, Louth Volunteer Centre hosted two volunteer Fairs, to give you the opportunity to meet as many local organisations and charities as you like.  By doing this, we hope to help you find the opportunity that suits you best.

    PJ Gallagher NVW1Comedian, biker and volunteer PJ Gallagher has encouraged people to find their passion and use it to volunteer, as National Volunteering week takes place this week.

    Describing volunteering as his new passion, he said his love of motorbikes led him to become a volunteer courier of emergency blood.

    “I got in to motorbikes after my dad died. I remember getting on the bike soon after he died and for the first time in weeks, my head was completely clear. Volunteer bikers use their time, skills and enthusiasm to help hospitals by transporting blood and urgent medical supplies.

    “Before the organisation started, every time an item needed to go from one hospital to another, outside of normal operating hours, the hospital had to pay for a taxi, courier or ask an ambulance service to take it. Blood Bikes East now provides this service free of charge. I get so much out of volunteering. I’d recommend it to anyone. If a motorbike-loving stand-up comedian can find his ideal volunteering role, anyone can!”

    Search for your ideal opportunity on I-VOL here.

  • community forumThe Theme of this year's Louth Community Forum conference was 'Our Community, Our Voice' with John Lonergan, former Governor of Mountjoy Prison as Guest Speaker.

    The Conference was a great opportunity for people involved in community to hear about and provide feedback on the rollout of new structures called 'Public Participation Networks (PPN)' from the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government. These structures are being developed in each local authority area (engaging within Municipal districts and at the County/City level) to enable the public to take an active formal role in relevant policy making and oversight committees of the Local Authority. You can find more info on PPN here 

    For the Conference this year,  a number of community groups that are registered with us were filmed to show others in our county the work that community groups do.

    Please Click on the links below:    S.N.A.P

  Cloughran Bridge Residents

  Dundalk Youth Centre

  Hollys Horse Haven

  Drogheda &District Support 4 Older People

  Tallanstown Tidy Towns


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