Welcome to our March Newsletter. Spring has arrived and we have some new and exciting roles and opportunities for you all this month.
Volunteer Ireland and the network of volunteer centres are offering voluntary organisations free online training on volunteer engagement. Each course takes place over 2 mornings and they will run monthly from April. We can offer follow up locally to answer questions or help you advertise volunteer roles or work on your volunteering policies. Volunteer Engagement
The National Volunteer Management Conference is essential to anyone who manages volunteers as part of their role or those who want to learn more about volunteer management in the Community & Voluntary and Corporate Sectors. This year, the conference will take place online on the mornings of Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd April 2021. Conference
SOSAD MONAGHAN TOWN
SOSAD CARRICKMACROSS NEED YOU!
Sosad in Carrickmacross need some enthusiastic & energetic volunteers to assist with their fundraising efforts. Since Covid-19, fundraising requires new ideas, as some of the events they used in the past are not possible now. Could you organise a 10K run that participants do individually or as households? Could you help run an online fundraiser? Organise a quiz night via Zoom? Alternatively, have you a better idea? Fundraising
Online Leisure Buddies
E-Leisure Buddies is an online programme for people with intellectual disabilities. The programme aims to reduce social isolation by running online hangout sessions for small groups. Volunteers wanted to host the hangouts. Volunteer from Home role. Buddies
Are you tired of seeing litter on your street, your road, your local park or any public place? If so, An Taisce is encouraging you to do something about it by carrying out your own 2-minute street clean. 2minuteclean
Zoom Guest – The Irish Wheelchair Association
Have you an interest in crafts, cooking, music, storytelling or any other pastime? Would you be available to join in with the Irish Wheelchairs associations zoom meetings with their service users and share your skill? This can be done in a one-off meeting or over a number of short-term meetings Zoom Guest
Cultural Exchange Project
Meath Volunteer Centre would like volunteers from a migrant, refugee or asylum seeker background to take part in a new online cultural exchange project. Culture
MID Programme of the Month
The Rural Social Scheme (RSS) allows low-income farmers who receive any of a range of social welfare payments, or members of their families, to work part time (19.5 hr/wk) in a non-profit organisation. The work can be anything from administration to caretaking to childcare, provided it is with a suitable non-profit organisation. Participants receive a top up of their social welfare payment, amount depending on personal circumstances. For details, contact Aurelia Callan at MID email@example.com
Tip of the Month
Has your organisation looked at new ways of fundraising? Even before Covid-19 fewer people were carrying cash that could be thrown in a collection bucket or used to buy tickets sold door to door. Now is the time to explore online fundraisers, donation buttons on your Facebook page or website and other new ways of fundraising. A colleague in another volunteer centre tells us of a volunteer with tech skills who helped his local parish with streaming mass online. He suggested to the parish priest that he add a donate button to the parish Facebook page. The priest was astonished to discover more money was donated through Facebook that in collection baskets before Covid-19. Maybe your organisation could be similar. We have social media and website training coming up soon, contact Grace for details.
If you would like to recruit a volunteer for your organisation or would like to talk to one of our staff about volunteering, then you can reach us on the details below.
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