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.
- You can e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us by phone at 044-9348571
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.
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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.
Westmeath Volunteer Centre is calling for volunteers to get involved in Ireland’s first National Volunteering Week (NVW) from May 14th – May 20th 2012.
From May 14-20 hands on volunteering projects will take place across the county – co-ordinated by the Westmeath Volunteer Centre.
Manager of the Mullingar based centre Ian O’Flynn said: “If it’s only for a minute, an hour, or a day – volunteering can make a big difference and be a lot of fun. I am urging people to contact us and get involved.”
Following five successful National Day of Volunteering campaigns, this year the campaign is being expanded to seven days, making it easier for volunteers, organisations and companies to get involved.
The event is being co-ordinated nationally by Volunteer Ireland and delivered locally through the 22 local Volunteer Centres across the country.
The flagship project for National Volunteering Week 2012 is a National Inland Waterways Clean up.
1. Look up projects in the Westmeath area and register to get involved.
2. Develop your own project and register it.
3. Participate in the flagship project – A National Inland Waterways Clean Up.
4. Check out the list of 30 ‘Random Acts of Volunteering’ examples to get some inspiration.
Ian O’Flynn, Manager, Westmeath Volunteer Centre: (044) 934 8571.
Phil Boughton, Volunteer Ireland: (085) 742 7017.
Ronan Cavanagh, Cavanagh Communications: (086) 317 9731.
May 14th - May 20th 2012