National Volunteering Week 2018

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With the hint of summer finally upon us, it’s a good time to get out and about in the community, and there are few better ways to do this than through volunteering.

This year’s National Volunteering Week starts on Monday 14th of May and runs through to Sunday 20th May. In Co. Louth, events are being held at Bellingham Castle on Wednesday the 16th, and in Ardee, Drogheda and Dundalk on Thursday the 17th. 

The theme of National Volunteering Week 2018 is 'Volunteering Builds Better Communities', celebrating the important role that volunteers play in contributing to their local community, whenever and however they can. 

Here in Louth, volunteers of all ages, and from all walks of life, are currently involved in a huge range of activities - from sports coaching to first aid response, to tidy town cleanup and the Fleadh 2018 music festival. 


Build Better Volunteer Leadership Seminar

Wednesday 16th May, 10.30am to 1pm - Bellingham Castle, Co. Louth 

 The seminar will include a number of guest speakers who will cover topics such as:

  • Social media for volunteer leaders
  • Funding options for volunteer involving organisations
  • Community networking - including County structures
  • Improving organisational culture
  • Data awareness and legislation

Pre-registration is required and can be completed through Eventbrite 


Volunteer Open Days 

On Thursday 17th May, between 10am and 1pm, we are inviting members of the public to drop in to one of our Louth Volunteer Centre locations for a cup of tea (or coffee) and a pastry, and a friendly chat about volunteering opportunities in Louth. You will get the chance to meet existing volunteers, learn about the roles on offer, and ask any questions you may have. 

Events will be held at:

  • Louth Volunteer Centre, Bolton St, Drogheda (10am to 1pm)
  • Dundalk County Council Offices (10am to 1pm)
  • Ardee Library (10am to 1pm)

 Pre-booking is recommended and can be done by filling in this form

GDPR - The clock is ticking


There is just a little over 100 days to the introduction of the EU General Data Protection Regulations - GDPR.   On 25th May 2018, the responsibility and obligation for all organisations in how they collect, use and protect personal data changes.  We all need to adhere to principles of transparency and accountability and review our data protection processes in terms of the information they collect such as people's personal details, i.e. names, addresses, telephone numbers.

In partnership with Louth PPN we are facilitating free GDPR workshops for community organisations to learn how GDPR might affect your organisation and also to review your current data collection, processing and management to help you identify any changes you may need to make.

The workshops are being held in Dunleer, Drogheda and Cooley. If you are interested in attending any of these please click on the link below:

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Find Happiness this #BlueMonday

Don't let the January blues get you down this #BlueMonday, turn that frown upside-down by checking out the range of volunteer opportunities on! In our experience, a sure fire way to make yourself feel good is to do good. There is nothing like helping someone else to make you feel a sense of contribution to society, connection to our communities and improve our mood a little bit.

There are many benefits to volunteering as we all know, and a lot of these benefits contribute to our sense of happiness and wellbeing. Last year, Volunteer Ireland conducted research into the impact volunteering has on the health and well-being of volunteers. The report concluded that volunteering has a positive impact on volunteers in a multitude of ways. You can view the report here.

If you are feeling the effects of this #BlueMonday, why not take advantage of the physical, mental and emotional benefits of volunteering?? It can certainly take your mind off the long wait to the end of January, and it won't cost you a cent! 

To make a difference in someone's life you don't have to be beautiful, rich or perfect - you just have to care! -   Mandy Hale