- To know the selection process
- To be given meaningful work to do
- To know the organisations’ expectations – role description
- To be offered appropriate training
- To be thanked and to have their voluntary contribution recognised
Volunteers who register with us, receive a high quality and free matching service. If you have looked around our site and decide that you would like to volunteer you can do so by registering online.
Once we have received your completed registration form we will contact you and add you to our database, then we can try and help you find suitable voluntary work. Volunteers who contact us select one or more volunteering opportunities, which they would like to pursue. We will provide as much advice and support to the volunteer as necessary to enable him/her to avail of their particular choice. The decision for a volunteer to become involved with an organisation remains entirely with the volunteer.
Our role is solely to match the placement and give whatever assistance is necessary facilitate the placement and introduction to the organisation. If you would like to discuss the options in more detail and would like us to set up informal interviews for you, please do not hesitate to contact us. You may also wish to contact organisations directly either by looking through our opportunities or through the many other opportunities we have here in the office. Louth Volunteer Centre is committed to a policy of equality of opportunity.
We recognise that within our society certain individuals and groups of people are unfairly discriminated against, because of age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, mental or physical disability, race, creed, colour, nationality, political, economic status or criminal record. Louth Volunteer Centre strives to eliminate all such forms of discrimination thus ensuring that all people are treated with dignity and respect in the workplace and beyond.
The Next Steps
You can register as a volunteer now and view volunteer opportunities available now.
You can register as a volunteer involving organisation now and register a volunteer vacancy at your organisation.
Click here for more information on our Volunteer Placement Service and complaints policy.
Often, there are so many volunteer opportunities to choose; finding the right one is difficult. Here are some helpful hints:
Pick an issue you really care about:
What are some community problems that concern you? If your choices include broad issues like health or environment, you may want to narrow it down to specific parts of the problem (e.g., cancer or clean water).
Ask your friends:
Over 65% of all volunteers who volunteer do so because they were asked.
Look at immediate needs:
Organisations submit immediate needs to Louth Volunteer Centre. Review their needs and get some ideas of the possibilities. Check out the online database.
Think about your skills:
Are there skills that you have that you\'d like to use in a volunteer opportunity?
Ask the Volunteer Centre for ideas:
Be Aware Of Your Needs:
One of the most important considerations you should think about before volunteering are your needs.
What do you want to gain from volunteering? This answer varies from person to person and no answer is wrong. From a chance to make a difference to using a skill or talent; from gaining professional experience to expressing your religious faith; from a chance to meet new people to achieving personal growth; gaining a more balanced life to giving something back. There are lots of reasons people volunteer. Be aware of yours.
If you are under 16 you will need to let the volunteer co-ordinator know your age; some agencies have set age limits for their volunteers.
For many people the biggest barrier to volunteering is a busy schedule. However, most of us really can fit volunteering into our lives. There is no minimum time requirement - you can put in an hour a day, an hour a month, or an hour a year. Look for holes in your schedule or combine volunteering with other important activities like family time, or combine it with a hobby (e.g. photography, playing the piano, etc.).
Remember to pick a convenient location - sticking with a volunteer opportunity will be hard if getting there is part of the problem.
Remember that you should enjoy your volunteering experience. Pick something that you think will be fun, fulfilling and enjoyable.
Remember that if you decide to volunteer with an organisation, you do have certain rights and responsibilities (see rights and responsibilities of a volunteer for further details).