Just one week until Volunteer Ireland Award nominations close


Just one week left to get your nominations for the Volunteer Ireland Awards in! We'd love to see lots of nominations (and winners!) from Louth this year . The nomination process closes on October 13th, so if you know (or are) a dedicated volunteer that you would like to be considered for the award, send their details in. Each entrant gets a Thank you card automatically from Volunteer Ireland.
If you would like to nominate an individual or group just click here http://www.volunteer.ie/ev…/vi-awards/volunteer-nominations/

May Newsletter

Volunteering Matters May 2017
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Lots of opportunities to get involved!!
In This Issue
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Check out our online Calendar to view upcoming events and community visits by our team.
Duck Derby, Dunleer

Dunleer Tidy Towns hold a Duck Derby to highlight the work that they are doing to the community in Dunleer. This year it is being held on Sunday 4th June. With traditional games and stalls this is always a fun event to help out at. Volunteers will be required to help out from 1-5pm.
Apply Here.

Coffee Morning Volunteer, Listoke House

Clogherhead RNLI Lifeboat station are holding a coffee morning in Listoke House on Sunday 4th June from 12pm-3pm and would appreciate the support of volunteers. Click here for more.

MS Louth Voluntary Branch Bagpack

MS Ireland (Louth Voluntary Branch) are looking for Volunteers to help with Bag Packing in the Tesco Extra Store, Donore Rd. Drogheda, on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th June. All funds raised are used to support local people with Multiple Sclerosis. If you have two hours to spare, they would be delighted with your help.

Click here to apply.

RNLI Pop Up Shop

Clogherhead Lifeboat Station are opening a shop in Clogherhead two days per week for the months of June, July and August. Volunteers can contribute whatever time they have available and rosters would be developed based on volunteer availability.
Click this link to apply.
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Welcome to the latest edition of Volunteering Matters.
May was a fantastic month with National Volunteering Week from the Cupcakes15th to the 21st May. We were busy with our Volunteering Leadership Seminar, a variety of events including the National Leprechaun Hunt and our simultaneous open days in Drogheda, Dundalk and Ardee.

Thanks to all the volunteers who popped in to us in our offices on Thursday 18th May, we hope you enjoyed the buns!

June is shaping up to be a busy month also with lots of events for you to get involved in all across County Louth. Take a look at the details below of the some of the many volunteering opportunities available on www.volunteerlouth.ie.

Report on Impact of Volunteering on Health & Wellbeing

To celebrate National Volunteering Week 2017, Volunteer Ireland, in NVW2017 Rainbowpartnership with Volunteer Centres across Ireland, launched a new report exploring the impact of volunteering on health and wellbeing of volunteers. Launched by Minister of State Catherine Byrne on the 16th May it takes a different approach by exploring exactly how people feel when they volunteer, what it is about volunteering that elicits these feelings and how exactly volunteering impacts on the overall well-being of volunteers. Read the full report here

Crafty Rock Kids Art in Action, Dundalk

Be part of the inaugural Crafty Rock Kids Art in Action event in Dundalk's Market Square on Saturday June 3rd. There are a variety of roles for volunteer event stewards on the day. Volunteers are asked to arrive at Market Square at 10am. 

Full details and apply at this link.


Irish Maritime Festival, Drogheda

martime-logo-300x300The Irish Maritime Festival is the largest maritime festival in Ireland and a major event on our volunteering calendar. This year's festival takes place on the 10th and 11th June and there are a variety of Festival Crew volunteering opportunities and shifts available. This event is always extremely popular with volunteers and we receive very positive feedback in relation to the volunteering experience. Information session for volunteers is being held on the 6th June so if you are interested we would advise applying before then. 

Click here for more information or to apply.


Louth Agricultural Show, Bellurgan Park

The County Louth Agricultural Show takes place this year on Sunday 11th June. Shows like the Louth Agricultural Show help to preserve traditions handed down through generations which otherwise could be forgotten. They are currently seeking Volunteer Show Marshalls to help out for 4 hours between 9am and 6pm. Lunch, tea and coffee will be provided to volunteers.

Apply here.

Drogheda Animal Rescue Volunteers

darDrogheda Animal Rescue have lots of exciting new volunteer roles available on our website. These include cat fostering, dog team volunteers, event coordinators, general administration, public relations, and fundraising team volunteers. Go to volunteering opportunities on www.volunteerlouth.ie and select 'Animals' as the cause on the dropdown list to see the full list of available opportunities.



Activity that reflects opportunity Organisation Name Volunteer Opportunity
Administrative/Office work SOSAD Ireland(Dundalk) Office Assistants
Animal fostering Holly's Horse Haven Charity Petting Farm Volunteer
Arts (music/drama/crafts) Boyne Garda Youth Diversion Project Youth Film Making Mentor
Catering The Irish Soup Kitchen Centres Ltd Counter and Serving assistants
Computers, Technology and the Internet Louth Nature Trust Website Content Management
Conservation/Gardening Ardee Day-Care Centre Gardening Volunteer
Conservation/Gardening Dunleer Tidy Towns Committee Garden/Park maintenance
Conservation/Gardening Holly's Horse Haven Charity Eco Growing Programme Volunteer
Counselling/Listening SOSAD Ireland(Dundalk) Psychologists
Counselling/Listening SOSAD Ireland(Dundalk) Suicide Intervention Officers
Disaster/Emergency services Linked Community Cardiac First Responder Scheme Cardiac First Responders
Events and stewarding Dunleer Tidy Towns Committee Duck Derby Volunteers
Events and stewarding Dunleer Tidy Towns Committee Car Park attendants
Events and stewarding Dunleer Tidy Towns Committee Tea/Coffee Volunteers
Events and stewarding Dunleer Tidy Towns Committee Set up event assistant
Events and stewarding County Louth Agricultural Show Show Marshals
Events and stewarding Clogher-Head Lifeboat Station Shop Stall Volunteers
Events and stewarding Clogher-Head Lifeboat Station Coffee morning volunteer
Events and stewarding Drogheda LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) Social and Support Group Pride Walk Participant
Events and stewarding Dundalk Business Improvement District Event Stewards
Fund raising MS Ireland (Louth Voluntary Branch) Flag Day Collector, Dundalk
Fund raising MS Ireland (Louth Voluntary Branch) Bagpack Drogheda
Fund raising MS Ireland (Louth Voluntary Branch) Flag Day Collector, Drogheda
Holistic/Alternative Therapies The Red Door Project Holistic Therapies Volunteer
Languages/Translating Fáilte Isteach Dundalk English Conversationalist
Marketing/Pr/Media/Journalism Clogher-Head Lifeboat Station PR/Marketing Volunteer
Practical/DIY/Farming Louth Nature Trust Little Tern Conservation Project Volunteer
Practical/DIY/Farming Rehabcare Carroll Village Mechanics Tutor
Practical/DIY/Farming Rehabcare Carroll Village Woodwork or Building Tutor
Practical/DIY/Farming Rehabcare Carroll Village Horticulture Assistant
Practical/DIY/Farming Holly's Horse Haven Charity Horse Rescue Care Volunteer
Practical/DIY/Farming Grasta Christian School Light cleaning/maintenance Volunteer
Shops/Retail The Calvary Project Religious shop attendant
Shops/Retail The Calvary Project Garden Assistant
Sports/out door activities/Coaching St Peters Athletic Club Athletics Assistant
Sports/out door activities/Coaching John Mitchels GFC General Volunteer
Support and Key working Boyne Garda Youth Diversion Project Volunteer Youth Worker
Teaching/Tutoring/Supporting learning Boyne Garda Youth Diversion Project Career Support Volunteer
Teaching/Tutoring/Supporting learning Rehabcare Carroll Village Programme Assistant
Youth work Youth Work Ireland Louth Working with Young People - St. Kevin's Youth Club
Youth work Youth Work Ireland Louth Working with Young People - Saint Brigid's Youth Club

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Spring Newsletter for Volunteer Involving Organisations

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Image result for welcome to our newsletterWelcome to the latest edition of our organisation newsletter! 
In this edition, we have a number of free tools to help you and your organisation recruit, retain and manage volunteers more effectively. 
Our regular newsletters are an easy way to keep up-to-date with new developments and interesting information in the area of volunteering. 

Please feel free to share with colleagues or let us know if you would like to add further contacts to our mailing list.

                                                        We hope you enjoy our latest updates!

Volunteer Leadership Needs AssessmentVol Management checklist

Louth Volunteer Centre has developed this needs assessment, to help organisations who involve volunteers, such as your organisation, identify gaps in volunteer recruitment, management and retention. 

Upon completion of the assessment, we will make contact with you in terms of gaps identified. This will enable us to tailor our support services regarding your organisation's individual volunteering needs 
and help you to improve your volunteer programme.

We are asking every organisation registered with Louth Volunteer Centre, to complete this assessment. We hope you will find it useful.

The following statements might help you reflect:
  • What do we need to accomplish in our organisation?
  • What’s not getting done?
  • What tasks could be accomplished with a volunteer's help? 
Please click link below

Volunteer Leadership 
Needs assessment.

Charities regulatorCharities Regulator
  • Is your organisation a Registered Charity/does your organisation have a CHY number?
  • Have you registered with the Charities Regulator?
  • Did you realise that it is now an offence to operate as a charity and not register with/engage with the Charities Regulator. This is the case even for extremely small organisations who may only fundraise once a year.
Louth Volunteer Centre is currently contacting small local organisations who have not as yet engaged with the Charities Regulator and do have charitable status.

We are providing supports to small local charities to help with their compliance obligations – contact Gráinne at 041 9809008 for more information.

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  • Does your organisation sometimes struggle to manage volunteers or staff across multiple shifts?
  • Do you sometimes wish that you had a better system for donation management?
Louth Volunteer Centre is delighted to announce that we have been invited to participate in a pilot scheme which could help streamline the work that your organisation carries out.
Salesforce is a world-renowned system that has helped non-profits both big and small to improve their workflows.

Through this pilot scheme, Louth Volunteer Centre can offer the following to a limited number of local non-profit organisations:
  • FREE setup of Salesforce account for your organisation
  • FREE development support in creating a Volunteer, Client and/or donor management system that is tailored to your needs.
  • 10 FREE Salesforce licences (and guidance on how to get these on an annual basis)
To indicate your interest in participating in this project and to get further information, please email Gráinne at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

National Volunteering Week 
National Volunteering Week is the one week of the year where we all get to celebrate the impact and value of volunteering.

We will be hosting some new events this year and will send you further details in April.

Save the date

In the meantime, we would appreciate if you could "SAVE THE DATE" for our fantastic Louth Volunteer Manager's Forum, which is being held in Bellingham Castle on Tuesday 16th May.’

National Volunteer Management Conference

The date for this year’s Volunteer Ireland National conference has been confirmed.

To celebrate Sligo's designation as European Volunteering Capital 2017, this year's conference will take place on Tuesday 30th May in the Aurivo Auditorium in Sligo Institute of Technology.

Additional information will follow in future newsletters!

Annual organisation Survey Thank you for completing survey

Many thanks to all of you who recently completed the survey sent by Volunteer Ireland. 
We appreciate your invaluable feedback and the contribution you made, in terms of helping us ensure we are providing the most effective and efficient service to organisations.

  • One-to-one consultancy - support in recruiting, managing and retaining volunteers.
  • Promotion of your volunteering opportunities. Support in creating and registering new volunteering opportunities.
  • Volunteer Managers Forum - an opportunity to meet with other volunteer co-ordinators, to share ideas/experiences and get tips from one another.
  • Garda Vetting Service - we are authorised signatories in terms of processsing your vetting forms..
  • Volunteer Management Training - comprehensive training in all aspects of volunteer management.

Please don't hesitate to contact us on 041 9809008 for all your volunteering needs.