Volunteer Management Training - Next Dates - Oct 15th & 22nd 2013.

pic training00 2We are holding our next Volunteer Management Training over two full days, on Tuesday October 15th and Tuesday October 22nd, in the Girl Guides Centre, Scholes Lane, Drogheda, from 10 am to 5 pm each day. If you are an organisation or an individual with responsibility for volunteers, then this training could give you the tools you need to adequately manage and support your volunteers.

Contact Karen on 086 0226577 or 041 9809008 for further details. Places fill up quickly, so book early to avoid disappointment!

The Training consists of 4 modules which are delivered on 2 days. The modules are ;

Module 1 : Planning for volunteer involvement

  • Reflect on why you involve volunteers
  • Understand the expectations of volunteers and organisations
  • Identify volunteer roles
  • To draft volunteer role descriptions
  • To examine the potential costs of involving volunteers

Module 2 : Recruitment, Selection and Induction

  • Identify the steps in the recruitment and selection process
  • Identify screening and selection tools
  • Identify advertising locations
  • Write a volunteer recruitment ad
  • Analyse a variety of volunteer recruitment ads
  • Examine a selection of application forms
  • Identify the important elements when interviewing volunteers

Module 3 : Day-To-Day Management of Volunteers

  • Define volunteer management
  • Explain the components of volunteer management: volunteer agreements, volunteer induction, volunteer support and supervision and volunteer recognition
  • Identify support and supervision skills
  • Explore ways to resolve difficulties that arise

Module 4 : Designing a policy for Volunteer Involvement

  • Define policy
  • Outline the benefits of having a Volunteer Policy document
  • List the elements contained in a Volunteer Policy document
  • Identify the steps involved in developing a volunteer policy
  • Draft a section of your own policy
  • Explore ways to implement your policy

Remember to book early to avoid disappointment!

Latest News

  • 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.