Have Your Say - National Volunteering Strategy

Volunteer Ireland and the network of Volunteer Centres and Volunteering Information Services have been advocating for a national volunteering strategy for many years.

The Department of Rural and Community Development has published a draft of Ireland’s first-ever national volunteering strategy. The draft is currently out for consultation meaning that people can provide their feedback on the draft before it becomes final. The draft strategy can be read here. The deadline for submissions is 31st January.


Volunteering in Ireland faces many challenges, such as changing demands from volunteers, demographic changes and lack of resourcing.  A national strategy is a chance for people who live and breathe volunteering every day to have an impact on developing volunteering in Ireland. As a volunteer involving organisation working in County Louth, we would like to hear your feedback regarding the new National Volunteering Strategy in terms of the work you undertake in County Louth.


Click here to feedback to Louth Volunteer Centre's submission.

Click here to feedback directly to the Department of Rural and Community Development.

Alternatively, you may download and use this document for your own organisation's feedback.

Help shape the future


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.