Welcome to our December newsletter. As this strange and difficult year comes to an end, we want to say thank you to everyone who has volunteered or offered to volunteer during it. Volunteers have done amazing work in very difficult circumstances and made such an impact in their communities. Well done to every one of you!
Monaghan Volunteer Centre will close from the evening of 23rd December until Monday 4th January. During the holidays, you can still browse volunteering opportunities online at https://www.i-vol.ie/
Here are a selection of the volunteer roles available at the moment:
Truagh Development would like some new delivery drivers to join the team, bringing hot meals to older people across the North Monaghan area. You will be well looked after by their managers Fiona and Mary who have just won the Volunteer Ireland “Volunteer Manager’s Award”. https://bit.ly/3mTSiqp
If you have some spare time on Christmas Day and are in the southern part of Co. Monaghan, you might be interested in Meath Volunteer Centre’s Christmas Day Befriending role, which includes collecting a dinner and delivering it to an isolated person living alone and keeping them company for an hour. https://bit.ly/33T6w3c
We need a strong and fit volunteer to help Sosad in Carrickmacross tidy up their back yard. It will only take a couple of hours but will be quite physical. https://bit.ly/33VAPq5
There will be a blood donation clinic in Carrickmacross from 20th to 23rd December. To donate you MUST make an appointment in advance. This volunteer role could be a real lifesaver. https://www.giveblood.ie/Find-a-Clinic/Clinic-Finder/
CoderDojo is a global movement of free, open, volunteer-led coding clubs (Dojos) where young people aged 7–17 can explore digital technology. Coderdojo are looking for volunteers for a new incubator programme. With support and guidance, you will establish your new CoderDojo in your local area and over six weeks start to run your Online Sessions. https://bit.ly/2JBV1GN
You will also find a variety of survey roles on our website, where you can help researchers at UCD and elsewhere with their research on everything from Covid-19 to cheese! https://www.i-vol.ie/
Tip of the Month
Leading a group of volunteers can be difficult at times, as well as really rewarding. It can help to have a chat with people in similar roles in different organisations. You might pick up some useful tips and they can understand and sympathise. Pick up the phone and chat with your counterpart in another local group or join one of the Volunteer Ireland “Online Coffee Breaks” for volunteer managers. https://www.volunteer.ie/services/training-for-vios/training-calendar/
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all at Monaghan Volunteer Centre.
Phone 047 – 72191
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