April Newsletter

April Newsletter

Welcome to our April newsletter. Most of our featured volunteer roles are things you can do from home. If you don’t find anything to suit here or on our website now please do check in again in a couple of months or get in touch. More roles will return as covid restriction ease later in the year. Search for roles at OPPORTUNITY SEARCH

Volunteer Roles
Are you tired of seeing litter in your local area? If so, An Taisce is encouraging you to do something about it by carrying out your own 2-minute street clean. STREET CLEAN

“Our Generation” is a Youth Work Ireland programme to promote the personal development and positive mental health of young people. Volunteers wanted to help with promotion, admin and supervision of young people, all with the support of the project worker. OUR GENERATION

“Super Knitters” will create gifts to include in Christmas shoes boxes that Team Hope sends to children living in poverty abroad. Get knitting now and items will be collected later in the year. SUPER KNITTERS

Cuidiú provides support and education for parents. They would like a volunteer with the right skills to produce their newsletters. NEWSLETTER

disABILItY Louth need a volunteer graphic designer, a photographer and someone to carry out phone interviews as part of a research project. disABILITY LOUTH

Young people aged 18 to 25 are asked to take part in a UCD survey on their experience of sex education in second level schools. UCD SURVEY

Louth Library Service are looking for older volunteers to act as peer-to-peer supporters and help other older people learn to use the libraries online services. LOUTH LIBRARY

MID Programme of the Month

Innovating Communities (IC) is a new project in Monaghan offering free training and mentoring in Problem Solving aka ‘Design Thinking’ to tackle local issues and ideas. IC aims to strengthen local resilience, development and community-led action by putting people at the heart of solving challenges while connecting likeminded people too. Collette, the IC Coordinator, is looking for local community people and groups, like you, to participate. Interested? Contact cmcentee@midl.ie / 087 176 1732.


County Monaghan’s first virtual health fair begins on Monday April 12th. Events range from cooking tips by Catherine Fulvio to classes on line dancing, drawing and storytelling, to health topics such as diabetes, men’s cancers and arthritis. Also tips on well-being, parenting topics, breast-feeding and lots more. To register for any of these free events click here: HEALTH FAIR

The National Volunteer Management Conference takes place online on the mornings of 21st and 22nd April. Beneficial for anyone involved in leading volunteers, whether as part of their paid job or as a volunteer themselves. CONFERENCE

Anyone who works or volunteers in the non-profit sector is invited to a special briefing where you can help Volunteer Ireland and other national organisations shape plans and inform thinking for an upcoming national campaign to highlight the work of charities, community and voluntary groups. Details & Registration: BRIEFING

Garda Vetting Training

We will run training for organisations that need to use our Garda vetting service on Monday 19th April. Contact Sinéad to book your place. 087 0937054

Tip of the Month

“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place” – George Bernard Shaw

The most common complaint we hear from volunteers is that they applied for a volunteer role but the organisation never contacted them. Sometimes this is true, but often it turns out the organisation attempted to contact them, for example by leaving a voice message. The organisation assumed the volunteer got it and didn’t bother to reply, the volunteer assumed the organisation didn’t bother to contact them. Our advice – try sending an email as well as leaving a message or a text, just in case someone has problems with either phone or email. Volunteers – check your messages and emails please. Remember, whether you are the organisation or the volunteer you can always give us a call and ask us to find out what is happening.

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