Volunteers Bring the Spirit of Xmas to Doolargy Avenue and Cox's Demesne

Two fantastic groups of Volunteers brought the Christmas Spirit to the RAPID areas in Dundalk in the week leading up to Christmas. This fantastc initiative was supported by Louth County Council and Louth Volunteer Centre. 20151220 1624361On 20th December, Craobh Rua (a youth project based in Doolargy Avenue) welcomed Santa and Mrs Claus to their community house and opened its doors to all of the children in the area. Volunteers offered Hot Chocolate, Mince Pies, Xmas Presents and photos with Santa to all wno attended, and the initiative raised much needed funds for the community. This event will hopefully be the start of numerous volunteer led events in the area in the coming months.

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While on the 22nd December, volunteers in Cox's Demesne transformed the Redeemer Family Resource Centre into a fabulous Santa's Grotto for the day, where Santa, Mrs Claus and the elves (Pictured, left) spent the day meeting local children and giving gifts.

This was on the back of a number of successful volunteer led events in the Cox's area including a family fun day, haunted house and community clean up.

Well done to all involved!

2015 Vounteer of the Year Announced!

Matt Cullen Named Volunteer of the Year

 

 Matt Cullen from Swords Tidy Towns was the recipient of the Christine Buckley Volunteer of the Year Award 2015. 

10 Category Awardees were also announced at the gala Volunteer Ireland Awards Ceremony on December 2nd at Dublin City Hall. 

Many thanks to all those who nominated a volunteer for the Volunteer Ireland Awards 2015. Every nominee for the Volunteer Ireland Awards 2015 received a special 'thank you' card in recognition of their contribution to volunteering.

More information and a full list of the nominees and category winners can be found on www.volunteer.ie.

 

Haunted House - presented by Cox's Demesne Community Volunteers

On Saturday 31th October, Cox’s Demesne Community Volunteers organised an event aimed at bringing the community together and letting them know about the work that they had been doing over the past five months to promote volunteering and improve the area.

The Haunted House was supported by many local agencies including Louth County Council, Louth Volunteer Centre, Redeemer Family Resource Centre and Cox’s Demesne Community & Youth Project.

In the lead up to Halloween, volunteers ran art classes with the after school groups in ‘The House’ to make gravestones to be put in the garden for the Halloween event.  Both the Redeemer Boys and Girls National schools also took part, by encouraging all students to take part in in a Halloween art competition. Prizes were donated for three winners in each school by Pirates Den, Dundalk FC, Hallmark, Easons, Penneys and Boots.

Halloween Group

Over 30 volunteers helped to make the day a success performing tasks such as sending out leaflets, sourcing props, recruiting volunteers, face-painting, taking part in the haunted house as actors and tour guides.

The Haunted House was very well attended with over 200 children attending on the day. Each child was charged €1 to enter. The total raised was €200.50 and £2.50.

The proceeds are to be divided between Cox’s Demesne Community & Youth Project and Cox’s Demesne Community Volunteers to go towards their Christmas event.