We're famous! Sinead Keenan from Monaghan Volunteer Centre was on Northern Sound with Tessa Fleming today discussing National Volunteer Week. Here's the link http://www.northernsound.ie/volunteering-improves-mental-health-well/

To celebrate Sligo's designation as European Volunteering Capital 2017, Volunteer Ireland are taking the National Volunteer Management Conference on tour! This year's conference will take place on Tuesday 30th May 2017 in the Aurivo Auditorium in the Sligo Institute of Technology. The conference provides the opportunity to spend some quality time on personal development, networking with your volunteer management colleagues and peers and participating in a host of motivating masterclasses and discussions focused on volunteer recruitment, retention, training, support and management. Check out the full programme and buy tickets on the Volunteer Ireland website at http://www.volunteer.ie/events/national-volunteer-management-conference-2017/ left

Monaghan Volunteer Centre are holding a coffee morning and open day to celebrate National Volunteer Week. Join us for tea & cake and an informal chat about the services we offer. Thursday 18th May (18/4/2017). Open day from 10.00am to 4.30pm Tea & cake served at 11.00am • Find out about volunteering opportunities available in Monaghan • Meet our friendly staff • See how to use our website • Discover how we can help you find new volunteers for your non-profit organisation. • You can even register with us on the day if you like. Location – Monaghan Integrated Development Office, North Road, Monaghan. We are in the blue building near Monaghan Library. To find out more contact Sinead Keenan at Monaghan Volunteer Centre. Phone 047-72191 or email

As part of its engagement process to ensure full compliance with the Charities Act 2009, the Charities Regulator has partnered with the network of 21 Volunteer Centres across the country and Volunteer Ireland to offer support services to charitable organisations that have yet to complete their registration with the Regulator. 

Monaghan Volunteer Centre will act as a ‘registration hub’ to support organisations to register with the Charities Regulator. The registration hub support be available every Friday afternoon between 2 and 5pm. The centre will provide free internet and phone access to help unregistered groups to sign up online with the regulator. A member of the VC staff will be on hand to help groups complete their registration. All an unregistered group needs to do is ring Francis on 042 9749500 or email to book a slot. 

Speaking on the announcement of the venture, Mr Gabriel O’Connell, CEO of Monaghan Integrated Development (MID) said “In Co Monaghan, the Volunteer Centre is operated by MID and we recognize that charities come in all shapes and sizes, including many smaller, volunteer led charities who might need extra support in completing their registration. Monaghan Volunteer Centre is at the heart of this community and our strong relationships with local groups make us the perfect fit to provide this support. We encourage any charity yet to complete their registration with the Charities Regulator to contact us.

The supports available through this initiative complement other supports that MID offer to community groups in the county. These include Garda Vetting, Code of Governance support, the Tús Scheme and LEADER funding.” 

Head of Registration for the Charities Regulator, Eamon O’Halloran added “Under the Charities Act 2009, all charities operating in Ireland were required to register with the Regulator by last April and failure to do so is an offence.  However, the Regulator accepts that there are many organisations out there that may require some assistance in completing their application." 

“While there has already been a strong level of engagement from the sector, international practices have shown that initiatives such as this have a direct impact in increasing compliance with the law, which is why we commissioned this venture." 

For further information on the Monaghan Volunteer Centre Charities Registration Hub, contact Francis McCarron, , 042 9749500.

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