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.

Huge Upturn in volunteering in Westmeath


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?


Coca-Cola to make €125k available to non-profits across Ireland in 2013

Coca-Cola Ireland Thank You Fund
The Coca-Cola Thank You Fund has put out a call for non-profits to apply for targeted financial support in 2013. Up to €125,000 will be made available to support new and innovative projects or initiatives.

“We are keen to support projects that are new and take an innovative approach, and will engage people who may not be involved in sports and other activity-based hobbies at the moment as well as those that seek to highlight the importance of a balanced diet,” said Erica Roseingrave, public affairs manager for Coca-Cola HBC Ireland.

“The Fund also aims to recognise the enormous contribution made by organisers and volunteers each week across the country through worthwhile initiatives, and to maximise the effectiveness of their work through targeted financial support from Coca-Cola.”

The Coca-Cola Thank You Fund was formed in 2011 on the occasion of the Coca-Cola Company’s 125th anniversary and has seen €125,000 donated to non-profit organisations throughout the island of Ireland each year since.

The fund is supported by The Federation of Irish Sport, The Wheel and The Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action (NICVA).

Inspiring communities

A total of €125,000 is available this year for distribution through the Fund. The overall winner will receive €25,000 and a further ten organisations will receive €10,000 each. The projects selected will represent best practice and will serve as a model for other communities wishing to implement similar programmes.

Applicant organisations will be required to provide details on the reach and impact of their proposed project, as well as the innovative aspect which will capture the imagination and interest of the local community and encourage them to become involved.

In 2012 the winner of the main award of €25,000 was The Irish Olympic Handball Association (IOHA) based in Dublin. The IOHA applied for funding to introduce the concept of Street Handball to communities across Ireland.

Their entry focused on introducing 10,000 new people to Street Handball and the training of 200 teachers and youth group leaders across Ireland who would be able to make this vision a reality in Irish communities.

The Fund will accept applications until 19th July, 2013. All applications should be submitted via the Coca-Cola website: http://www.coca-cola.ie/thankyou


Because of you!

Because of the Westmeath volunteers, so much gets done.  Thank You


European Volunteer Centre Flag visits Westmeath ahead of international conference in Dublin

Pictured with the CEV Flag are Michelle Raleigh (Westmeath Volunteer Centre) and Anne Campbell (Westmeath Community Development)

Pictured with the CEV Flag are Michelle Raleigh (Westmeath Volunteer Centre) and Anne Campbell (Westmeath Community Development)

European Volunteer Centre Flag visits Westmeath ahead of international conference in Dublin

Ahead of an international volunteering conference due to take place in Dublin this week, the European Volunteer Centre (CEV) flag visited Westmeath.

The European Volunteer Centre is the European network of nearly 100 national, regional and local Volunteer Centres and volunteer support agencies across Europe. In the lead up to the CEV General Assembly, the CEV flag toured the network of 22 Volunteer Centres.

This is Ireland’s first time hosting the conference. The General Assembly, which is being organised in cooperation with Volunteer Ireland, will take place in The Citi Building in Dublin on April 18th and 19th. The event will see 122 delegates from over 30 countries in attendance. The event will feature workshops and presentations on building capacity for employee volunteering. The Employee Volunteering European Network (EVEN) will be launched with the support of founding members: FASVOL, Fundacion Telefonica and Intel.

After this week’s event, the CEV flag will be passed to next year’s hosts, Bosnia and Herzegovina, who will host the General Assembly in Sarajevo in October 2013.

Ian O’Flynn, Manager of Westmeath Volunteer Centre said: “We are delighted to celebrate Ireland’s hosting of the CEV General Assembly this week. Employee volunteering is proving increasingly popular with Westmeath employers. The General Assembly is an opportunity for Volunteer Centres across Europe to get together and share learnings on how best to create capacity for staff volunteering projects in the community and voluntary sector. We look forward to, what promises to be, a unique and inspiring event.”


Home Visit service for Older People to commence in early April


Despite the inclement weather conditions there was a very good attendance for the Westmeath Community Development Care and Repair information event in the Shamrock Lodge Hotel in  Athlone last week.

The event was organised by Westmeath Community Development, under the Care and Repair service, as part of the piloting of a Home Visit service being rolled out in Athlone, and also an opportunity to increase the profile of the Repair service amongst potential volunteers and older people in the region.

Anne Campbell, from the Care and Repair service explained “this is the coming together of two projects run by Westmeath Community Development – Care and Repair and the Volunteer Centre. Today was an opportunity to recruit new volunteers for the Home Visit service being piloted in Athlone, and also to increase awareness of the Repair service, both amongst volunteers and the wider community. The Care and Repair service is available to people over the age of 60, and we see great scope for the growing of the service this year, and really we will be only limited by the numbers of volunteers.”

The training was delivered by Claire Bellis from Age Action, who are responsible for the project nationally.

Athlone was identified for the piloting of the Home Visit service, following discussions with CAIRDEAS, a grouping of local groups spearheaded by Cllr Frankie Keena. “It is great to see the progress that has been made in relation to providing the Home Visit service in Athlone since CAIRDEAS first came together. CAIRDEAS is made up of many local groups who all had the same idea in mind – could we get a Home Visit service in place for older people who might feel lonely or isolated, and working with Westmeath Community Development we are now looking the service commencing from early April,” noted Cllr Keena.

 Ian O’Flynn, Manager, Westmeath Volunteer Centre, said, “ the Volunteers for Care and Repair provide an invaluable service for older people in the community. Our repair volunteers are available and ready to work with people, and with the rolling out of the Care element or Home Visit service, we do anticipate much greater demand from older people in the coming months and we would encourage anyone who might be interested in volunteering, for either service, to get in contact with us in Westmeath Volunteer Centre”.  

Full information on the Care and Repair scheme is available from Westmeath Community Development , by contacting Ann or Marian at 044 9348571, or by contacting Ian or Michelle in Westmeath Volunteer Centre at the same number.