Monaghan Volunteer Centre, together with our colleagues in the rest of Monaghan Integrated Development are still working to provide services during the current crisis. At the moment we ask you to contact us by phone or email rather than calling to our office. Contact the Volunteer Centre at 047 72191 or firstname.lastname@example.org If our office needs to shut down at any stage you will be able to contact Sinéad at 087 0656793.
We are particularly keen to hear from any local organisations who support the elderly or other vulnerable groups. If there is a chance you might need extra volunteers in coming weeks please let us know and we will attempt to help. Lots of new volunteers are registering specially to help with the current situation. There may also be other thing we can help with, like prioritised Garda Vetting or linking you to other organisations.
For those who wish to volunteer in response to COVID-19
Before considering volunteering ask yourself – Am I well enough to volunteer?
Your safety and limiting the spread of the coronavirus being the main priority, Volunteer Centres continue to encourage you to adhere to HSE instructions on how best to avoid COVID-19, both in the work environment and at home.
If you are well enough and wish to volunteer there are 2 mains ways which you may be able to help.
The first way is by registering with your local Volunteer Centre. The network of Volunteer Centres across Ireland are expecting many COVID-19 related roles registering on our database i-vol.ie in the coming days and some roles will be directly related to COVID 19 support. Other roles for volunteers may be related to helping community organisations to keep normal services running. You can register at SIGN UP
The second way to help is by doing so informally in you own community
If you know people in your community who may be vulnerable and can contact them safely (e.g. phone call, whatsapp, drop note into door), just let them know that you are available and can assist with shopping etc.
Do not assume that someone needs help or call directly to someone’s house unannounced, as some people may be very anxious about making face to face contact, particularly if they have a medical condition or are living alone.
What if someone asks me do something I can’t actually do?
In this case you should let the person know that you cannot help and recommend that the Volunteer Centre may be able to assist in finding a solution.
It’s REALLY important to note that not all volunteers who contact us will be assigned to a role. We are dealing with a large volume of volunteer registrations from people interested in helping (Ireland is a great country that really pulls together in times of crisis) so not all offers of help will be facilitated as the supply may be more than the demand.
Also – if you don’t hear back from us in the next few days, don’t worry – we know that we will need support over the next few weeks – not necessarily the next few days.