'Lens A Hand' Amateur Photography Competition

"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.

The 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 win Best Community Contribution Award at Drogheda Business Excellence Awards

Having been shortlisted in both the Best Customer Service and Best Community Contribution categories in the Drogheda Business Excellence Awards, Louth Volunteer Centre went on to win the Award for providing the Best Community Contribution.

The awards were presented at a gala in Drogheda on 22nd November, and were thrilled for our work to be recognised by the local business community in this way. John Cotterell, manager of Louth Volunteer Centre, said that it was a great honour to receive the award.

As part of the awards process, John made this short video to highlight the ethos of Louth Volunteer Centre.

Community Connect @ DkIT

Dundalk Institute of Technology, in October, stepped up their campaign to engage with the community in Dundalk and Co Louth by opening the campus to local community groups. Local groups were invited to a Volunteer Fair on 23rd October, organised by DkIT and supported by Louth Volunteer Centre and at the same time they launched their Community Connect @ DkIT initiative.

DkIT Launches Community ConnectThe theme of the launch was 'Engaging People'. It brought together students, staff, community groups and policy makers to focus on how engagement and co-operation can empower individuals and enrich communities. Speakers from various backgrounds highlighted the importance of volunteering to the community and how the relationships built between volunteers and community organisations can be so beneficial to both.

The volunteer fair consisted of 23 local organisations who spent the day chatting to students about the work that they are doing and the types of volunteers that they are hoping to recruit. There was a great level of interest from the students.

While all of this was going on, the Volunteer Society were busy hosting a student led event to highlight the importance of getting involved and being an active citizen. There were a variety of events for the students to participate in, and they raised vital funds for the Irish Cancer Society and SOSAD.

It was really great to see the hard work of everyone involved paying off and the start of a great relationship between DkIT and the local community.