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.

SalesforceSalesforce Champions 
  • 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.

Christmas Opening Times

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Drogheda Office : Closed from 5.00pm Friday 22nd December until 09:00am Wednesday 3rd January

Dundalk Office: Closed from 5.00pm Thursday 21st December until 09:30am Thursday 4th January

Mid Louth Service: Closed from 1.00pm Tuesday 21st December until 09:30am Monday 8th January

2 Louth VoluntHeroes Shortlisted For National Volunteer Awards

Nominees To Be Honoured at Volunteer Ireland Awards in December

From almost 500 nominations, 29 exceptional volunteers have been shortlisted for this year’s Volunteer Ireland Awards including two from Co. Louth. Ireland’s unsung heroes will be celebrated at a special ceremony in City Hall, Dublin on 7th December.

Each nominee has shown extraordinary dedication to help others, often taking time away from family and friends to give back.

Joan McAdam set up a Community First Responder group in Co. Louth. Joan has raised funds for the purchase and maintenance of five defibrillators, four of which are public access, available 24 hours a day and trained over 200 people in CPR. Joan was responsible for saving a young father’s life when he went into cardiac arrest at a football match and was saved thanks to the presence of a defibrillator. Earlier that day Joan had swapped out a faulty defibrillator at the stadium with a functioning device from a less populated area, in anticipation of the match.

Wendy Jane Vion is invaluable to Drogheda Animal Rescue. She makes daily car runs to Slane's vet to pick up or drop off sick animals. She takes all the information from each run and each animal and passes it on the other main DAR organiser. Wendy also fosters a number of DAR Cats. This involves caring for a cat that could be injured, hissy or pregnant. Fosters take time and effort, to help the cat come around. Wendy helps come up with fun ideas and events to help raise money for DAR. Her positive personality and passion helps to inspirer passion in others to help.

Commenting on the shortlist for the Volunteer Ireland Awards, Louth Volunteer Centre Manager Gráinne Berrill said “Thousands of people across Ireland volunteer each day, giving their time without asking for anything in return. In 2016 alone Louth Volunteer Centre volunteers have contributed over 35,000 hours to the community and voluntary sector in Louth. These awards are a chance for us to recognise exceptional volunteers like Joan and Wendy Jane and really celebrate volunteering in Ireland. Reading their individual stories is truly inspiring and we are honoured to shine a light on their work. Thanks to volunteers like these, Ireland is ranked number one in Europe on the World Giving Index for volunteering time and Louth should be proud.”

For more information on the Volunteer Ireland Awards 2016 or to read the inspiring stories of the shortlisted volunteers, see the attached document or visit www.volunteer.ie