May Newsletter

Monaghan Volunteer Centre

May Newsletter

Welcome to the May newsletter from Monaghan Volunteer Centre. It’s a bit different this month, as everything seems to be at the moment!

Shopping Volunteers

Monaghan Volunteer Centre, as part of Monaghan Integrated Development (MID), have been working with Monaghan County Council and other agencies involved in the Community Call helpline. We have set up a Covid-19 Shopping and Support volunteer role. A panel of 30 volunteers are ready to respond. The number of requests for help has been low so far. We think this is due to the great community spirit in Co. Monaghan and the fact most vulnerable people have a relative or neighbour helping them. If this demand increases as people start to go back to work our volunteers will be ready to help. Anyone in need of help should call the helpline on 1800 804 158.

179 New Volunteers

179 volunteers have registered with us in response to the covid-19 crisis. Thanks to all who have registered and to previous volunteers who have updated their registrations to express an interest in covid-19 volunteering. While many of you probably registered to help with crisis response roles like shopping, we hope you will consider other types of volunteering. This might be a home based volunteer role now or something else when things return to normal. Lots of roles are flexible or short term and can fit in even if you are working full time. We will bring you some of these in the coming months when thing start to get back to normal.

Dog Walking

Monaghan Volunteer Centre are planning a dog walking service for older people and others cocooning due to covid-19. Before we can make arrangements and recruit volunteers we need to know if there is a demand. So if you or someone you know has a dog that is missing out on walks due to covid-19 please contact us. We will take details and come back to you if a free dog walker can be arranged.

Webinars for Voluntary Organisations

Volunteer Ireland have a series of webinars aimed at people involved in running voluntary organisations, and even a weekly “online coffee break” where you can chat to others in a similar situation. Their website also has lots more information for voluntary organisations. Volunteer Ireland

Volunteer From Home

This month we are focusing on volunteering from home. Volunteer Ireland have lots of information about volunteering from home on their website. They also have details of some “microvolunteering” roles that only take a few minutes. Some of the roles are suitable for getting children involved. One possibility is counting penguins! VI Volunteer from Home

Sosad in Carrickmacross would like a qualified counsellor to work with people over the phone during the Covid-19 Crisis. Volunteering can be done from your own home. Sosad

Doing a clear-out at home? Team Hope are encouraging people to start on their Christmas Shoeboxes early. You can put worn t-shirts/jerseys/other small items of clothing in your box once they are ‘good-as-new’. Learn more: Shoe Boxes

You could start on knitting Easter chick for the Cairde Centre in Clones and have them ready early for next year: Easter Chicks

If you can commit to some online training and a longer term volunteer at home role consider becoming a Crisis Text Line volunteer Crisis

Drogheda Homeless Aid need someone with the skills to update an existing website to help out with communications over the next few weeks to give staff more time for front line services Website

Create a Volunteer from Home Role

If your organisation might be able to create a volunteer from home role please contact us. We can help you work out what’s involved and write up a role description to go on our website. Remember, lots of people have more time available at the moment, including some with specialist skills. Some of these people will only be available during the crisis and then will get busy with work and other commitments again. So if you need help with your website, graphic design etc. this could be the perfect time.

MID Lockdown Challenge

Take part in the MID Lockdown Challenge – 19 minutes physical activity, for 19 days at 19:00 (7pm). Post a 30 second video on the MID Facebook page for a chance to win a prize. Fancy dress optional! Remember to stay with 2km of your home and exercise with members of your household only. MID Facebook Page

Stay Safe, Keep Others Safe

Remember the most important thing we can do to help others at the moment is to stay home, wash our hands, keep up social distancing and follow the official advice. It really does safe lives.

Contact Us

Sinéad and Grace continue to work from home. You can contact us at our usual emails sinead@volunteermonaghan.ie and grace@volunteermonaghan.ie You can also reach Sinéad by phone at 087 0656793. As always, you can follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Watch out for #volunteerfromhome on social media