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 email@example.com or contact us by phone at 044-9348571
Westmeath Volunteer Centre
Westmeath Community Development
Mullingar E.T.I. Ctr
Mullingar Business Park
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
If you wish to volunteer your time then contact Ian O' Flynn or Michelle Raleigh on 044 93 48571
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 firstname.lastname@example.org"> email@example.com 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.
Currently in the Westmeath Volunteer Centre we have 2,453 active vacancies and thousands more around the country. So, what are you waiting for?
“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).
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