Welcome to the latest edition of Volunteering Matters!
In this Issue:
National Volunteering Week 2016 | Urgent Volunteering Roles | An Táin March | Louth Agricutural Show | Updates to Garda Vetting Legislation | Volunteer Opportunities
Its that time again... National Volunteering Week (16th-22nd May) happens each May celebrating the work of volunteers in Ireland.
Something that has shaped this country, and will continue to do so in the future, is volunteering. We are one of the best countries in the world at volunteering, ranked number one in Europe and tenth in the world in terms of per capita volunteer hours.
It is no exaggeration to say that Ireland as we know it couldn’t exist without volunteers — imagine the empty sports stadiums, the unmanned helplines for vulnerable people, the empty youth clubs without volunteers.To date in 2016 volunteers in Louth have clocked up 10,000 hours helping good causes around the county, so we just wanted to say a huge THANK YOU to each and every one of you for giving up your time to support the community.
National Volunteering week comntinues until Sunday, and its not too late to show your support to local causes. There are a few once off volunteering roles taking place over the weekend that need all hands on deck!
Urgent Volunteer Opportunities this weekend
An Tain March
The Táin March - Ireland's unique heritage, walking and living-history festival - is a fun, family event, held annually in Co Louth to celebrate the Táin Bo Cuailgne (The Cattle Raid of Cooley), Ireland's most famous saga, and the warrior champions Cuchulainn and Ferdia. Queen Maeve will set out with her loyal warriors on the week long march from Roscommon to Omeath on the Cooley Peninsula, amassing more warriors on route, and a series of events will take place along the route.
On Saturday, the 28th of May the 2016 Tain March Festival lauches at the the Rathcroghan Vistor Centre in Tulsk, Co Roscommon and they need volunteer walkers and welcomers to steward the march as it comes from Oriel Park to Dundalk town Square on Saturday 4th June from 1pm-2.30pm. View the details and apply for the role here.
Louth Agricultural Show 2016
On the Sunday, 12th of June the Dundalk Show Society is running the 2016 County Louth Agricultiral Show at Bellurgan Park, Carlingford Road, Dundalk. The Co. Louth Agricultural Show has a mission, “To be a Shop Window for what is produced locally, explaining the process from farm to fork, highlighting best agricultural practice and adherence to quality production”. Shows like the Co. Louth Agricultural Show also help to preserve traditions handed down through generations which otherwise could be forgotten.
They are calling for volunteers to be Show Marshals. You can view the details and apply for the role here.
Garda Vetting updates
As of April 29th 2016, a new Act - The National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act 2012-2016 came into effect. This act makes it mandatory for people working with children or vulnerable adults to be vetted by the Garda Síochána National Vetting Bureau.