Challenge Yourself to "Lens a Hand" in 2016!!

"Lens a Hand" - Photograpy competition & exhibition For the third year running, Louth Volunteer Centre is combining volunteering and art by organising an amateur photographic competition and exhibition, 'Lens a Hand', aimed at promoting and encouraging volunteering in Louth.

IMG 1529 FILEminimizerThe theme for the competition is "capture the imact of volunteering in Louth" and it will be open to everyone who wishes to enter a photograph of themselves or a friend or colleague volunteering, showcasing the diversity of volunteering in action and illustrating its positive impact in the local community.

Competition will be open from April 1st to15th and prizes will be given for the best entries. The exhibition, to take place in Drogheda and Dundalk during the month of April, will be an exciting and creative way of sharing the experience of helping others, its benefits and its stories. Be inspired and enter the competition or you can lens a hand by voting for your favourite picture..

Please note: Entries will be accepted via our website from 1st April. Pictures may be submitted to us via Facebook/Twitter, however uploading your photo to these sites will reduce the printing quality so the photos wont be included in our exhibition.

Louth Volunteer Centre are now recruiting for the position of Manager

Louth Volunteer Centre promotes and supports volunteering in Louth by helping to match people interested in volunteering with suitable voluntary opportunities. We are primarily funded by the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government.

We are now seeking to recruit an experienced and dynamic Manager to lead our team to strengthen and foster volunteering across Louth.

Job Title:               Manager

Location:               Drogheda, Dundalk, Ardee, Co. Louth

Contract Type:      Permanent (Subject to annual funding)

Hours:                   37.5 hours

Salary:                  Dependant on Experience

The successful candidate to this position will report to the Board of Directors with responsibility for the overall management of Louth Volunteer Centre service in Louth. The ideal candidate will have a management background, preferably within the Community and Voluntary sector and previous experience of marketing, managing financials and leading and motivating a team of staff and volunteers. Excellent communication and organisational skills are essential. Good IT skills are essential. Applicants should have a current, clean driving license and a suitable means of transport.  Please refer to the requirements as detailed in the Job Description when filling out the Application Form and email your application form to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Informal enquiries can be made to John Cotterell at 086 022 6620.

Closing date for receipt of Applications: 5pm 18thFebruary 2016.

Please note that interviews will be scheduled for week commencing 29th February 2016.


Applications must be made on Louth Volunteer Centre Application form only – (CV’s will not be accepted).

Louth Volunteer Centre is an Equal Opportunities employer.

View full role description and download application here.

Meet Patrick Feehan, volunteer with SVP


Patrick Feehan currently volunteers with St Vincent De Paul in Drogheda as a conference member. The SVP conference is the service that provides personal visits to those in need. They meet once a week on Thursday and would have from 3 to 10 people attending a conference. The purpose of the conference is to discuss calls in from the last week and in the local area, our area would cover the centre of Drogheda, then we have discussions about how to best help the client.

The help we give is varied. Anything from helping with funeral expenses, fuel assistance, education or courses, or just providing a listening ear. The help that we give is generally in the forms of vouchers. I always go out with another volunteer and meet the clients in their home. The reason I love volunteering with St. Vincent De Paul is that I like to help my fellow man. I also enjoy meeting up with other volunteers and the process of how we work out how best to help people. Being a volunteer helps me to appreciate what I have and helps me keep a positive outlook in my own life.

If  you decide that you would like to get involved in volunteering but you are not sure exactly what you would like to do, then think about WHY you want to volunteer. This can be a useful way of helping you to focus on the sort of volunteering you want to undertake.

Why volunteer?


  • Give something back to your community or society 

  • Gain valuable training and experience which may lead to paid employment

  • Make use of special interests and talents

  • Learn new skills and/or develop new interests 

  • Meet new people with similar interests

  • Find out more about an area of work you are considering as a career 

  • Have a chance to take some responsibility and make decisions

Be an active citizen

Make a difference

 If you, like Patrick, like to help your fellow man you can take the next step at our registration page.