Volunteer Now Conference - “Surfing the Silver Wave" (March 24 2011)

logo_volunteernowVolunteer Now, the organisation that provides regional and local leadership to volunteering in Northern Ireland, is hosting a one day international conference. “Surfing the Silver Wave, exploring Civic Engagement and Wellbeing in an ageing society” will

  • Present alternatives to turn the challenge of an ageing population into opportunities for communities.
  • Encourage organisations from all sectors to see the positive opportunities for community participation offered by increasing numbers of people, often highly skilled, moving into retirement.
  • Promote employee involvement in volunteering both pre and post retirement.
  • Inform policy makers as well as health and social care providers of the positive impact of volunteering on the health of older people.
  • Explore different methods of service delivery, income generation, and sustainability through initiatives such as Time Banking and Social Enterprise.


Speakers confirmed include:

  • Dr Virpi Timonen, Director of SPARC (Social Policy and Ageing Research Centre) Trinity College, Dublin.
  • Lester Strong, CEO of Experience Corps (USA), an organisation that places older volunteers as mentors within schools. -
  • Barbara Huston, President, Partners in Care (USA), a time banking project that enables older people to “age in place.”

Delegate Fee: £70.00 inc vat per person which includes all conference papers, refreshments and lunch.

Date Thursday 24th March 2011 Time 08:30 - 16:30 Venue Park Avenue Hotel 158 Holywood Road Belfast BT4 1PB Cost £70.00

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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.