2019 Volunteer Ireland Awards

The Search is on for Ireland’s Volunteer of the Year

Ladies Gaelic Football Stars Orla Murphy and Kate Byrne kicked off the 2019 Volunteer Ireland Awards campaign on Wednesday 21st August. From now until 4th October, Volunteer Ireland and Louth Volunteer Centre are calling on the people of Louth to nominate a volunteer they feel is deserving of a national Volunteer Ireland Award. One outstanding nominee will be named Christine Buckley Volunteer of the Year at a special ceremony in December.

One particularly special aspect of the awards is that every person nominated – whether they are shortlisted or not – will receive a special ‘thank you’ card from Volunteer Ireland to show our appreciation for their dedication and commitment. Aside from Ireland’s Volunteer of the Year, volunteers will be recognised in ten other categories across areas such as children and youth, culture and emergency services.

There is also a special commendation for Volunteer Manager of the Year which can be a paid or voluntary position. All shortlisted applicants are automatically eligible for the overall Volunteer of the Year Award. Nominations close at midnight on Friday 4th October and can be made online at www.volunteer.ie. The Christine Buckley Volunteer of the Year Award along with the ten category winners will be announced at a gala awards ceremony on Friday 6th December in the Carlton Hotel, Blanchardstown, Dublin. All shortlisted nominees along with their guests will be invited to the ceremony to enjoy a much-deserved night of celebration.


Nominations can be made online at www.volunteer.ie/events/vi-awards/ or you can contact Louth Volunteer Centre to find out more at 041 9809008.

Upcoming series of webinar trainings

Carmichael, Volunteer Ireland and Louth Volunteer Centre are pleased to once again present a free series of short webinars for community, voluntary and charitable organisations.

As you are no doubt aware the Charities Regulator Governance code is mandatory from next year. These webinars are therefore designed to give you an insight into the Principles of the Code and help you and your Trustees on the road to compliance with the code. 

Click here for details of each webinar and how to book.

Have your Say: County Louth Volunteering Strategy

Louth Volunteer Centre have secured funding through the LEADER programme to commission the first County Volunteering Strategy in Ireland. Volunteering is changing and needs to be nurtured and supported to continue to have the immense impact on our communities that is currently the case. County Louth Volunteering Strategy will shape local policy and resourcing relating to volunteering into the future. Following an open tender process Blu Zebra were appointed to develop the Strategy document which will be completed in 2019. We would like you to contribute to this process.

Have your say on the shape of volunteering in County Louth: