Happy Christmas from Louth Volunteer Centre

It's that time of year again, and we're all counting down the days to Christmas time and the New Year. We are so delighted that you have decided to give the community the gift of your time, and hope that you yourself have felt the benefits of volunteering this year. It's been an extremely busy year for us as almost 900 new volunteers registered with us, meaning there are over 6200 volunteers now registered with Louth Volunteer Centre.

Together you have volunteered for over 43,000 hours this year! Thank You!

Christmas Volunteer Roles

This Christmas, we have a few short term volunteering roles for those of you that would like to give a couple of hours of your time to help a local group over the festive period.

KrisKindleRunKris Kindle 5k

Dundalk Athletics Ground Committee was formed by 6 local groups, committed to fund raising for an athletic track in Dundalk. 

Volunteers are needed for marshalling a Kris Kindle 5k Run on December 26th in aid of the fund. The race starts at Tesco Extra at 11am. Volunteers are needed to marshal the route from 10am, meeting at Tesco Extra.

If you can help for 2 hours, follow this link.


North East Cancer Research and Education Trust

The Tullyallen Tractor Run takes place on Tuesday 27th December and raises funds for the Oncology Unit in the Lourdes Hospital and Tullyallen Carers. Volunteers are needed to help with a bucket collection on the day at various locations in Drogheda. Click here for more details and to apply.

Irish Red Cross Fundraising

The Annual bucket collection for the Dundalk Branch of the Irish Red Cross is happening on 21st & 22rd December. They are hoping to get the help of some volunteers for 1 or 2 hours if possible. Please click here to applyif you are free to help out.

christmas volunteering MS Louth Voluntary Branch Bag Pack

MS Ireland are holding their Christmas Bag Pack this week, with help needed on 22nd and 23rd December at Dunnes, Southgate, Drogheda. All funds raised go to directly to supports provided by the local branch in Louth to people in the area.

Click here to put your details forward.

Deadline Approaching for Retrospective Vetting

When the National Vetting Bureau Act commenced in April 2016, it immediately made it a legal requirement for relevant organisations to have anyone working in a relevant role with children or vulnerable adults Garda Vetted before they started in their role. This applied to all workers whether paid or unpaid. There was also a stipulation in the new legislation that made it a legal requirement for all organisations to retrospectively Garda Vet everyone already in their organisation that is performing a relevant role in their organisation by 31st December 2017.

Louth Volunteer Centre, who provide a Garda Vetting service to the not-for-profit sector in Louth, are urging organisations to check whether they have met their legal duties as this deadline fast approaches. As the new legislation has also introduces eVetting, the process is now much simpler and quicker, and Louth Volunteer Centre are happy provide assistance to any group that need it.

It is now a criminal offence not to retrospectively vet, and penalties for failure to comply with the National Vetting Bureau Act include fines and / or imprisonment.

Any organisations that need to access Garda Vetting, or are unsure whether they need to complete Garda Vetting for their staff and volunteers, can contact Louth Volunteer Centre on 041 980 9008 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information.

Louth Volunteer Centre Survey

The team at Louth Volunteer Centre are currently reviewing our strategic plan and would love if you would share your opinions by taking part in our 2 minute survey.

You do not have to have to have volunteered before to take the survey, everyone's opinions and feedback are welcome. Take Survey