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.

Greeters for the Gathering are needed!

This year, The Gathering is here and we are looking for people who like the craic, are willing to help and make a difference.  
If you would like to take part in any event as a meeter and greeter just let us know! 
Also, if you are thinking of staging an event, let us know and through the Westmeath Volunteer Centre we will search for volunteers and stewards!


CEV Flag visits Westmeath!

This year it is European year of the citizen so see what you can do to celebrate it! 
Below is a picture of Michelle Raleigh, our new Volunteer Support Worker with Westmeath Volunteer Centre and Anne Campbell of the Westmeath Care & Repair Service celebrating with the CEV (European Volunteer Centre) Flag that is currently touring the country!


25 to be moved to Garda vetting unit

Twenty-five civil servants are to be redeployed to the Garda Central Vetting Unit in an attempt to reduce the time people seeking to work with children and vulnerable adults have to wait for clearance.

Vetting processing times currently stand at about 10 weeks, having fallen to as little as three weeks last year before the contracts of temporary staff employed in the unit expired.

The redeployed staff, currently working in the Department of Agriculture, will be moved to the unit’s office in Tipperary town.

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter yesterday said the unit was to be rebranded and given an expanded role under the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act.

The unit processed some 350,000 applications connected to 20,000 organisations last year.

Association of Garda Sergeants in Ireland president Willie Gleeson said the vetting unit had been under “severe” pressure for years.

The GAA’s child welfare manager Gearóid Ó Maoilmhichíl said a slight delay had been noted in the vetting of some applications and that he was hopeful an online vetting system would come into operation to reduce waiting times.


Launch of the European Year of Citizens 2013

Your chance to participate in the launch of the European Year of Citizens 2013 and a Citizens' Dialogue with European leaders, Dublin, 10 January 2013
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Launch of the European Year of Citizens 2013 

Citizens’ Dialogue

10 January 2013

with the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD; President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso; Tánaiste, Eamon Gilmore TD; Vice-President of the European Commission, Ms Viviane Reding and Minister of State for European Affairs, Lucinda Creighton TD

Dublin City Hall, Dame Street, Dublin 2
Date & Time
Thursday, 10 January 2013
Registration and lunch from 12.30; European Year launch and Citizens’ Dialogue to commence at 14.30
To celebrate the designation of 2013 as the European Year of Citizens, and to mark the launch of the year, the Department of the Taoiseach and the European Commission are delighted to present you with the opportunity to participate in the Citizens’ Dialogueevent, taking place in Dublin during the Irish Presidency of the Council of the EU.

This event will provide interested citizens with a unique opportunity to attend the launch of the European Year of Citizens with the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD; the Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore TD and the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso.  Following the launch, you will have the opportunity to engage in a Citizens’ Dialogue – a frank and open exchange of opinions on the current economic crisis, the rights of European citizens and the future of the European Union - with Vice-President of the European Commission, Ms Viviane Reding and Minister of State for European Affairs, Lucinda Creighton TD.
Want to be a part of this?
Application to attend this event is open to all citizens.  However, due to the limited number of available places, and the high demand anticipated, if you are interested in attending, we kindly request that you visit www.europeanmovement.ie/citizens-dialogue/and fill in the short Expression of Interest form there.  This form is also available to download as a PDF and can be posted to Citizens’ Dialogue, European Movement Ireland, 6 Merrion Square, Dublin 2.  Please feel free to forward this diary notice to your network.  Invitations will be issued following submission of the Expression of Interest form.

Please feel free to contact the EM Ireland team with any queries you have:  
T: + 353 (0) 1 662 5815   E: citizensdialogue@europeanmovement.ie
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Learn more about this event by visiting www.europeanmovement.ie/citizens-dialogue/


Over 238 Opportunities to make a difference in Westmeath this summer!

Over 238 Opportunities to make a difference in Westmeath this summer!
Westmeath Volunteer Centre has seen over 226 volunteers register with the centre so far this year. Following the success of Ireland’s first National Volunteering Week in May, interest in volunteering remains at a high. 
Of those registered with the Volunteer Centre this year, 159 volunteers have already been placed in roles and begun volunteering. Since Westmeath Volunteer Centre opened in (2006), volunteers placed by the Centre have contributed an incredible 46,441 hours of voluntary work to community groups and charities across the county. Using the current average industrial wage, this work equates to a value of over €1,029,132.56.

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