February Newsletter

February Newsletter

Hello everyone and a special welcome to all the new volunteers who have signed up so far this year. This month we are sharing a few updates on what we’ve been up to, as well as a selection of volunteering options and upcoming training.



We have been out and about around Co. Monaghan meeting TY students in Inver College, Carrickmacross and women of all ages at the WCI Monaghan Health Day.


Pictured are Sinéad and Grace from MVC and Gerard Callan of MID at the WCI Monaghan Health Day

Garda Vetting Training

Our first in-person Garda vetting training since pre-lockdowns takes place in Castleblayney at 7pm on 22nd February. Suitable for any non-profit organisation that needs to find out whether it should be Garda vetting staff/volunteers or that has a new person taking over vetting duties. Contact Grace at 087 3693989 or grace@volunteermonaghan.ie

Craft & Chat Project


We will be working in partnership with WCI Monaghan (Dochas for Women) on a volunteer knitting project, which will bring together women of different nationalities to knit for charities such as the Cairde Centre. Great chance to learn a new craft and meet other women in your community.



Volunteering Options


Carrickmacross Meals on Wheels is a great service, which delivers hot meals 7 days a week to vulnerable older people. They currently need volunteers for Wednesdays and Thursdays. If you are free either day and interested in getting involved please get in touch with Monaghan Volunteer Centre. We can arrange a chat with Meals on Wheels coordinator Áine to help you decide if this role is right for you. You can also find details and apply online at



Victim Support at Court need volunteers who will train to support victims of crime, their families and witnesses by showing them the courtroom before the trial, explaining procedures and accompanying them during the trial.



Carrickmacross Municipal District council are organising a sensory friendly space at this year’s St Patrick’s day parade, to ensure that all families can enjoy the festivities. They would like volunteers to help. Volunteers will not be responsible for supervising children or adults using the room, just looking after the space and reporting any issues to staff on duty.



LA519 are seeking an online PR volunteer to promote the vital services they offer in the community. The role includes managing social media pages, including uploading and sharing information and photographs and developing a plan to increase the LA519 online profile. http://bit.ly/3YzTVfo


Update from MID Leader Project

Monaghan LEADER are hosting Public Consultations throughout the county. LEADER supports community groups and enterprises in rural areas. They want to hear your views / ideas / issues, as local people, on how the LEADER programme can best serve the needs of County Monaghan as they are developing a Local Development Strategy for the new LEADER programme for the county. There is no need to pre-register for the event and all ages and backgrounds are welcome to attend. For more info, contact LEADER@midl.ie / 042 974 9500 / 087 176 0877 / visit www.midl.ie

Outreach in Carrickmacross

Monaghan Volunteer Centre are now holding Outreach Sessions in Carrickmacross Library. If you live in the Carrickmacross area you can come along and speak to our staff about registering to volunteer, current volunteer roles and projects. Sessions are in the library on the first Tuesday of every month from 11am – 1pm., our next one is on Tuesday 7th March.

Training For Organisations


Fundamentals of Volunteer Engagement is a two module course, for those who are new to the topic of volunteer management and leadership or who wish to improve their skillset, it takes place on February 21st & 22nd.

Booking on EVENTBRITE here; https://bit.ly/3x3Cb0d