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The I-VOL search engine works on searches by Location, Cause and Activity. In the location, please enter your county, town or local area. To help you narrow your search, you can also select your preferred cause (the goal of the organisation) and/or activity (the type of volunteering role you're looking for) from the drop-down lists. Should your search not give a return, try to broaden your search by "all causes" or "all activities".

You can also use the keyword search function to search for a specific organisation name or role.

 

Welcome to the Westmeath Volunteer Centre

At the Volunteer Centre you can...

  • Find out about volunteering opportunities without having to make a commitment.
  • Get information on hundreds of different volunteering opportunities.
  • Talk to someone on the how, why and where of volunteering.
  • Get ongoing support and advice if you want it.
  • We don't charge and we keep things confidential.

We also help organisations...

  • If you need volunteers we will try and source them for you.
  • We can visit you and help with any issues about taking on volunteers for the first time, 
    or to review current procedures.
  • We provide a specialist training services for voluntary organisations on all apsects of volunteering.
  • We will come and talk to you about anything to do with volunteering, such as references,
    good practice, expenses ....and much more.
  • We also provide a Garda Vetting service for organisations that dont have garda vetting
    services of their own.

Westmeath Volunteer Centre serves the needs of organisations operating within the boundaries of Westmeath.

If you would like to hear about some specific volunteering opportunities or if you would just like to hear more about the
work of the centres, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Home Visit Service for Mullingar

New Home Visit Service being rolled out in Mullingar in April/May of 2014

The Home Visit Service - is an action included within the Westmeath Age Friendly Strategy of Westmeath County Council. In Westmeath this is delivered by Westmeath Community Development (WCD) as part of the Care & Repair Service.

The Home Visit Service was started in Athlone in 2013, and following reviews of this service it is planned to extend the project to Mullingar this year.

The service will be run in conjunction with various agencies working with older people in Mullingar.

Why is this needed? We are all aware of the isolation that some older people suffer from, and that as people get older their network of friends and activities

may diminish and that the opportunities to meet with other people reduces, and this can lead to loneliness and isolation.

What is it? Under this service an older person can avail of a regular weekly home visit from our volunteers. Each person will be assigned 2/3 volunteers who

will call weekly and spend time with the older person.

  • The service is free of charge
  • A Home Visit will be approximately one hour per week
  • Two/three volunteers will be assigned for each home visit
  • This service will not carry out any medical or household tasks
  • All volunteers will be Garda Vetted and have ID cards
  • All volunteers will be covered under the Care & Repair public liability insurance

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Volunteer Management Training

Westmeath Volunteer Centre have recently completed our studies in Volunteer Management Training,   Whether you involve 1 or 1,000 volunteers, your organisation needs to ensure it manages volunteers effectively - and by that, we mean everything from how an individual volunteer fits in and works along side paid staff (if you have them) to creating and maintaining extended volunteer programmes. Central to any successful volunteering programme, big or small, is effective volunteer management.  
 
As a way of recognising the work not for profit organisations do in Westmeath, we are offering you a free place in this full day course worth €50. 
There will be 3 one day sessions in Athlone AND Mullingar and attendance is required only for one of them.  As the first event fills up, we will open up more of them up to a total of 72 places so get the tickets while you can!
 

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Volunteer Ireland and Local Volunteer Centres' Annual TD Engagement Day

  

Ian O’Flynn and Michelle Raleigh, Westmeath Volunteer Centre are pictured with Willie Penrose TD and Robert Troy TD at Volunteer Ireland and local Volunteer Centres’ Annual TD Engagement Event at Buswell’s Hotel, Dublin on Tuesday 24th September 2013.

 

Volunteer Ireland and local volunteer centres were present at the annual TD Engagement Event at Buswell's Hotel, Dublin on Tuesday September 24th.

At the event Volunteer Ireland and local volunteer centres highlighted the need for the Government to the reduce barriers that unemployed people face when they wish to volunteer their time. These issues were highlighted by the Westmeath Volunteer Centre who have received feedback from volunteers, that applications to volunteer under the Voluntary Work Option can be refused. The Policy on the level and type of volunteering activity deemed acceptable under the Voluntary Work Option can differ greatly between different social welfare offices.

So far this year over 198 volunteers have registered with Westmeath Volunteer Centre. One of the most popular reasons for volunteering among newly registered volunteers has been to ‘gain or improve skills’. Now more than ever it is crucial that volunteers in Westmeath have access to volunteering opportunities that can help to improve their employability and take a step towards paid employment.

For further information on the issues discussed at this on the day click on the link below

vi and vcs td engagement event 2013.pdf

If you wish to volunteer your time then contact Ian O' Flynn or Michelle Raleigh on 044 93 48571      

 

 

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ISPCC Group Information Evening

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Thursday the 12th of September @ 6.30pm. A training course is due to begin the end of September/ October.

To book a place at this evening or to learn more about volunteering with the ISPCC you can contact Siobhan on sharvey@ispcc.ie or 01 2342000

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Huge Upturn in volunteering in Westmeath

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Community spirit is definitely in the air in Westmeath with a huge upturn in volunteering.  In the first six months of 2013, over 14,000 volunteer hours have been logged by people of Westmeath in their communities.  That is double the amount of time logged compared to the same period in 2012.  “We in the volunteer centre are delighted with this incredible increase in the time that everyone has given in the community” said Ian O’Flynn, Manager of the Westmeath Volunteer Centre. “Since our establishment in 2006 we have now registered over 1,700 people in the volunteer centre with over 500 registering in 2012 and 2013.  Over 320 organisations are now registered with us too and this upswing in hours is testament to the them for creating opportunities for volunteers and also the commitment that volunteers are prepared to give”.

The Westmeath Volunteer Centre is a project within Westmeath Community Development funded by the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government. 

If you have time on your hands and would like to give something back, please contact Ian or Michelle at 044-9348571 or emailian@volunteerwestmeath.ie"> ian@volunteerwestmeath.ie or just visit www.volunteerwestmeath.ie

Alternatively, if you are an organisation that could do with some help or new members, contact us and we in the Westmeath Volunteer Centre will be delighted to help find you some new valuable members for you.

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Currently in the Westmeath Volunteer Centre we have 2,453 active vacancies and thousands more around the country.  So, what are you waiting for?

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