Summer Volunteering Opportunity: Irish Maritime Festival

The award winning Irish Maritime Festival returns to Drogheda on Saturday the 16th and Sunday the 17th of June, between the hours of 11am and 6pm.

The festival is the largest maritime event in Ireland, with 40,000 visitors attending annually, and each year volunteers from across County Louth play an essential role in supporting this exciting event.


What Volunteer Roles are Available?
Volunteers are needed on both the Saturday and the Sunday, for any hours that they are able to contribute, in one of the following areas:

  • Taking tickets at the gate
  • Handing out brochures
  • Helping visitors climb aboard ships
  • Assisting families and kids in the activity areas
  • Supporting activities in the food area
  • Welcoming competitors from the Boyne swim competition

Volunteers will be matched with the role they are most interested in, or have specific skills for, as much as possible.


Support for Volunteers
All volunteers will be supported by the project team, and volunteers will work together, to assist each other in a positive environment.

Specific support is also available for volunteers with physical, sensory, learning or mental health disabilities or difficulties.


Benefits of Volunteering at the Maritime Festival
In addition to the ‘feel good factor’ of getting out in the warmer weather and doing something positive in the local community, volunteers will get a chance to:

  • See the visiting tall ships up close - these include the iconic Earl of Pembroke, a working wooden sailing ship with a three-masted rig.
  • Listen to the live music that will be playing all weekend, on the Ballast Quay Stage
  • Soak up the atmosphere of ships, sailing, swimming and local cuisine in a friendly atmosphere


How Can I Get Involved?
If you are already registered with Louth Volunteer Centre, you can register your interest for this role on our website by clicking on the link at the top of our homepage, or going to our registration page.

If you haven’t registered with us yet, or are new to volunteering and are unsure about how it works, please get in touch with one of our friendly team. You can do this by:

  • Sending us an This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Phoning our office on: 041 980 9008
  • Dropping in for a friendly chat at our Drogheda Office (The Old Motor Tax Office, Bolton Street), or our Dundalk Office (Crowe Street, Town Hall).

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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